Are Bearded Dragons Related To Dinosaurs? (Not What You Think!)


Given the appearance of bearded dragons, it’s easy to assume that they are descendants of dinosaurs.

So, are bearded dragons related to dinosaurs? No, bearded dragons are not descendants of dinosaurs. They are lizards.

We tell you more below.


What is a bearded dragon related to?

Bearded dragons are lizards of the genus Pogona in the family Agamidae.  Several of these reptiles display a beardlike extension of the throat when threatened.

So bearded dragons are descendants of lizards.


Are bearded dragons technically dinosaurs?

As previously stated bearded dragons are not dinosaurs nor are they related.

Dinosaurs are a subset of archosaurs. These are not even related to Squamates, which contain the true lizards.

The real descendants of dinosaurs are birds.


 What is a bearded dragons closest relative?

According to sciencedirect [1] animals related to bearded dragons include Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii), Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus), Egyptian Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx aegyptius), and Sail-fin Lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus).



[1] Pogona