Crystal Steventon, of Tikipunga Primary School, asks :-
Are there any dinosaurs alive today?
Michael Eagle, a geologist at Auckland Museum, responded.
No. The nearest relative perhaps is the primitive reptile, the Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). It is the sole survivor of the Rhynchocephalia, which have otherwise been extinct for about 100 million years. These reptiles date back to the Triassic period but are not true dinosaurs.
They are descended from the Eosuchia, ancestors of snakes and lizards. It is thought that all true dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period.