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The name is derived from Greek and means "middle-life". It falls between the Paleolithic ("ancient-life") and Cenozoic ("new-life") Eras.It is also referred to as "The Age of Reptiles".
The Mesozoic Era
The Triassic Period250 - 201 million years ago
When was the Mesozoic Era?
The Cretaceous Period145 - 66 million years ago
The Jurassic Period201 - 145 million years ago
Global climate:Hot and dryLandscape: DesertThe first true mammals evolved during this time period.
Continental climate: HumidLandscape: Lush rainforestsThis is the period of time when dinosaurs ruled the land.
Climate: Relatively warmLandscape: Newly formed continents and oceans led to higher sea levelsThe end of this period is marked by a mass extinction of all land dinosaurs.
Everything you need to know about The Age of Reptiles
The Paleogeography of the Mesozoic Era is marked by the supercontinent Pangea completing the tectonic separation into the present-day continents.
Fauna to know
Dinosaurs are one of many groups of reptiles that lived (and reigned) during the Mesozoic Era
Tyrannosaurus Rex (known as T-Rex)CarnivoreBi-pedal
Where can you see dinosaur fossils?
Academy of Natural SciencesPhiladelphia, USA
Dinosaur National MonumentColorado/Utah, USA
Royal Tyrrell Museum of PaleontologyAlberta, Canada
American Museum of Natural HistoryNew York, USA