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Do you think dinosaurs are reptiles? 

2,914 deviants said Yes
1,308 deviants said No

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Technically dinosaurs are classified in Reptilia. By extension, birds are as well. (Though from what I've heard there might be a bit of confusion regarding the real classifications of some things in Reptilia, especially with crocodilians being more closely related to birds than lizards.
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a paleo student, and both birds and dinosaurs fall within reptilia. So they are both "reptiles", although ALL dinosaurs are much more closely related to birds.

In the same vein you could say humans are fish, which is true, we are just highly evolved, divergent fish. :D
InvisibleColour Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Oh my god, my whole life is a lie =/
Lascas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I believe they have recently been classified as an avion/reptile hybrid.
southstar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Theyre both. Theres evidence to both cold-blooded and warm-blooded dinosaurs.
munkeyfu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dinosaurs are classified as their own species. They are dinosaurs. In a general sense (and I mean extremely general) reptiles, birds, and dinosaurs all more or less developed from the same ancestors. They are related, however, they are separate from each other. Just as we are separate from say a spider monkey. At some point in our past we shared a common link, but we are very separate species.
munkeyfu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One think to also keep in mind is that mammals also developed from this same lineage.
RhysTepesh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
If you consider the Darwin's theory of evolution which happens to remain in the realm of theory... besides the huge gaps they have yet to fill in that theory.
Dinosaurs could very well have been reptiles, but at the same time, they could have just been mammals with scaled skin.
ElsaKroese Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
It bugs me when people confuse the meaning of the word theory.

"A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. If enough evidence accumulates to support a hypothesis, it moves to the next step—known as a theory—in the scientific method and becomes accepted as a valid explanation of a phenomenon.

When used in non-scientific context, the word “theory” implies that something is unproven or speculative. As used in science, however, a theory is an explanation or model based on observation, experimentation, and reasoning, especially one that has been tested and confirmed as a general principle helping to explain and predict natural phenomena."

Essential difference ;).

There's no "huge gaps" in the theory of evolution. The theory works (else it wouldn't be an accepted scientific theory), it's elegant and beautiful: [link]
SuperCJ Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
No, they weren't. Reptilia includes Dinosauria, which includes Aves (birds). You are trying to classify them with what you know of modern reptiles, which is like trying to classify what you know about dinosaurs with what you know about birds.
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