Mesozoic facts for kids
The Mesozoic was the geological era in which dinosaurs lived, among with other animals. It lasted around 186 million years, starting 252.2 mya (million years ago) with the P/Tr extinction and ending 66 mya with the K/T extinction (the one that killed dinosaurs).
Dinosaurs appeared around 231 mya (21 million years after the beginning of the Mesozoic). They evolved from early reptiles called the archosaurs (a group of which modern birds and crocodiles are still part).
The Mesozoic is the middle of the three eras that make up the Phanerozoic eon. Before the Mesozoic was the Palaeozoic era. The K/T extinction in 66 mya also marks the beginning of the Cenozoic era, the one we live in.
The three Mesozoic periods were:
- Triassic (252–201 mya)
- Lower Triassic (252–247 mya)
- Middle Triassic (247–237 mya)
- Upper Triassic (237–201 mya)
- Jurassic (201–145 mya)
- Lower Jurassic (201–176 mya)
- Middle Jurassic (176–161 mya)
- Upper Jurassic (161–145 mya)
- Cretaceous (145–66 mya)
- Lower Cretaceous (145–100 mya)
- Upper Cretaceous (100–66 mya)
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Conifers were the dominant terrestrial plants for most of the Mesozoic, with grasses becoming widespread in the Late Cretaceous. Flowering plants appeared late in the era but did not become widespread until the Cenozoic.
Dinosaurs were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates throughout much of the Mesozoic.
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