I've always believed that the dodo was a dinosaur, I don't know exactly why. I've done some searching on the internet, but except for toy stores selling "Dodo the Dinosaur's" I didn't find anything very useful of which I could conclude if the dodo was a dinosaur or not.

So, was the dodo a dinosaur or not? And if the dodo wasn't a dinosaur, why do people say it's a dinosaur?

(I couldn't find a related tag, I think 'palaeontology' was the closest to what I needed)

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    $\begingroup$ It was a bird, and is now extinct. Typing 'dodo' in the Google search engine yielded the Wikipedia entry as the number 1 hit. $\endgroup$
    – mdperry
    Oct 30, 2015 at 10:34
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    $\begingroup$ I've read the wikipedia page, but it doesn't say anything about it being a dinosaur or not. Which could point to the direction that the dodo wasn't a dinosaur. But I'm wondering why stores say it's a dinosaur. Where does that come from? $\endgroup$
    – Snake
    Oct 30, 2015 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps you would have more success posting your query in ToyStores StackExchange, or PeopleWhoSayThings StackExchange? In this forum for Biology StackExchange I don't think you will encounter anyone with the appropriate expertise. $\endgroup$
    – RosieF
    Oct 30, 2015 at 21:59

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Yes, dodos were dinosaurs, but that probably doesn't quite mean what you think it does.

Dodos were birds, closely related to pigeons. All birds are dinosaurs.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Now I get it. Never knew I've seen so many living dinosaurs ;) $\endgroup$
    – Snake
    Oct 30, 2015 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ @snake This post will probably help to understand the possible confusion with the term dinosaur. $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Oct 31, 2015 at 17:13

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