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The Dinosaurs Munch On Sunflower Seeds

By Marla Kay Houghteling / October 3, 1989

I watched a program on public television. Dinosaurs' descendants are birds, it said. I watch finches feeding on black sunflower seeds. Do Mesozoic memories haunt them?

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They watch, stone-still but poised for flight. Their small, hard eyes still hold a touch of the ancient lizard.

Watch them. They remember a primordial swamp filled with huge bones of ancestors - steaming.