Dinosaurs of the Triassic period of the Mesozoic Era

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Triassic Period



The Triassic period was the first of three periods in the Mesozoic Era (the others being the Jurassic period and the Cretaceous period), and occured between 248 million and 213 million years ago.

It was during the Triassic period that archosaurs ("ruling reptiles"), including dinosaurs, crocodiles, and Pterosaurs first evolved. Prior to the Triassic, during the previous Permian era, mammal-like reptiles had been the dominant land animals. Some survived into the Triassic, but they dramatically declined, apparently out-competed by the dinosaurs. The mammal-like reptiles did however give rise to the first mammals, these being tiny mouse-sized animals. The dominant plants during the Triassic period were conifers, ferns, ginkgos and horsetails.

The late Triassic period

The World in the Triassic
Here is a map of the world during the early Triassic (about 225 million years ago). At this time, all the continents were combined into one massive super-continent, known as Pangaea:

The different geography of the world also led to a different climate. On the whole, the Triassic was generally hot and dry, and there was no glaciation or ice caps at the poles (polar regions were moist and temperate). The interior of Pangaea would have had a highly seasonal continental climate, with very hot summers and cold winters.


Triassic Dinosaurs



Here are some of the types of dinosaurs that lived during the Triassic period:

Timeline:

 
Coelophysis was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 225 to 220 million years ago
Coelophysis 
Coelophysis was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 225 to 220 million years ago
Cryolophosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 196 to 1960 million years ago
Cryolophosaurus 
Cryolophosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 196 to 1960 million years ago
Herrerasaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 228 million years ago
Herrerasaurus 
Herrerasaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 228 million years ago
Melanorosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 227 to 221 million years ago
Melanorosaurus 
Melanorosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 227 to 221 million years ago
 
Mussaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 215 million years ago
Mussaurus 
Mussaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 215 million years ago
Pisanosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 228 to 216 million years ago
Pisanosaurus 
Pisanosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 228 to 216 million years ago
Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 222 to 218 million years ago
Plateosaurus 
Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 222 to 218 million years ago
Riojasaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 225 to 219 million years ago
Riojasaurus 
Riojasaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 225 to 219 million years ago
 
Saltopus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 225 to 222 million years ago
Saltopus 
Saltopus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 225 to 222 million years ago
Staurikosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago
Staurikosaurus 
Staurikosaurus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago
Unaysaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago
Unaysaurus 
Unaysaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived about 225 million years ago
 
 


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Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition (The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology)
By Hans-Dieter Sues

Columbia University Press
Released: 2010-04-28
Kindle Edition (224 pages)

Triassic Life on Land: The Great Transition (The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History and Paleobiology)
 
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The Triassic period is generally viewed as the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs. For paleontologists, however, it also marks the rise of the world's first modern land ecosystems.

Over the past three decades, extensive, worldwide fieldwork has led to the discovery of many new species of Triassic animals and plants, suggesting that faunal and floral changes already began in the Middle Triassic and were more protracted than previously thought. The Late Triassic is a pivotal time in the evolution of life on land, with many of the major groups of present-day vertebrates and insects first appearing in the fossil record. This book provides the first detailed overview of life on land during the Triassic period for advanced students and researchers. Noted vertebrate paleontologists Hans-Dieter Sues and Nicholas C. Fraser also review the biotic changes of this period and their possible causes.

Dinosaurs of the Triassic Period: Explore Series Dinosaurs Edition
By James Willoughby

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The Triassic Period for Dinosaurs was the earliest dawn of the Dinosaurs. This Dinosaur Kindle edition covers Triassic Dinosaurs from every continent.Dinosaurs have held a fascination for we human beings for a very long time. Probably since way back when they roamed the Earth. Although, back then, human beings main interest in them was mostly how to stay out of sight so we didn't get stomped on or eaten!This book includes over 30 colorful, descriptive images of Triassic-era Dinosaurs. Each picture gives the name of the Dino as well as its meaning, if known, the way to pronounce their name, and a little bit about them. Fun Reading, good details and valuable history.This is a perfect book for children (of all ages!) to see what many of these prehistoric creatures looked like in the eyes of the paleontologists or artists who have studied them. An ideal learning tool for young children, teens or adults!From the popular Explore Series Dinosaurs Edition. Pick up your copy today!
Triassic Ichthyosauria : with special reference to the American forms 1908 [Leather Bound]
By John C.Merriam

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Leather Binding on Spine and Corners with Golden Leaf Printing on round Spine (extra customization on request like complete leather, Golden Screen printing in Front, Color Leather, Colored book etc.) Reprinted in 2019 with the help of original edition published long back [1908]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume, if you wish to order a specific or all the volumes you may contact us. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - English, Pages 237. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR LEATHER BOUND BOOKS. COMPLETE LEATHER WILL COST YOU EXTRA US$ 25 APART FROM THE LEATHER BOUND BOOKS.
Mesozoic Sea Dragons: Triassic Marine Life from the Ancient Tropical Lagoon of Monte San Giorgio (Life of the Past)
By Olivier Rieppel

Indiana University Press
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Told in rich detail and with gorgeous color recreations, this is the story of marine life in the age before the dinosaurs. During the Middle Triassic Period (247–237 million years ago), the mountain of Monte San Giorgio in Switzerland was a tropical lagoon. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it boasts an astonishing fossil record of marine life from that time. Attracted to an incredibly diverse and well-preserved set of fossils, Swiss and Italian paleontologists have been excavating the mountain since 1850.


Synthesizing and interpreting over a century of discoveries through a critical twenty-first century lens, paleontologist Olivier Rieppel tells for the first time the complete story of the fish and marine reptiles who made that long-ago lagoon their home. Through careful analysis and vividly rendered recreations, he offers memorable glimpses of not only what Thalattosaurs, Protorosaurs, Ichthyosaurs, Pachypleurosaurs, and other marine life looked like but how they moved and lived in the lagoon.


An invaluable resource for specialists and accessible to all, this book is essential to all who are fascinated with ancient marine life.

The Triassic Reptile, Poposaurus: Fieldiana, Geology, Vol.14, No.4
By Edwin H. 1905-2001 Colbert

Palala Press
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Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Life in the Triassic (Life of the Past)
By Nicholas Fraser

Indiana University Press
Released: 2006-10-26
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Before the Age of Dinosaurs there was an age in Earth’s history known as the Triassic. It was a world of truly fantastic creatures, a genetic stew of the ancient and the modern. During this time the Earth took its first steps toward the creation of modern terrestrial ecosystems. This incredibly exciting period is brought vividly to life in the words of paleontologist Nicholas Fraser and the consummate artistry of Douglas Henderson. Together they have created a book in which the riches of Triassic life are presented with clarity, scientific accuracy, and imaginative recreation. Every lover of the life of the past will treasure Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Team Triassic: Journeys Ahead
By Daniel J. Grimm

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The teens of Team Triassic who came together in book 1 now have a state-of-the-art training facility in Dr. Robertson's $25 million laboratory on Lone Mountain. There they train for battles against rogue dinos, and some undergo dino DNA upgrades in the lab. It's all just in time as Centennial High School suffers a deadly attack from enormous rogue dino hybrids, an attack that calls on every team member to limit the carnage and help the wounded. In book 2, we meet twins Xander and Sebastian while we learn more about Nick, the team, Dr. Lingard, and Daniel, who faces an unexpected departure and a mystery threat at the tree house. Hmm . . . who's back in Las Vegas?
The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions
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The Triassic Dinosaur Coelophysis (Bulletin Series, No. 57)
By Edwin Harris Colbert

Museum of Northern Arizona
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Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs will spark the curiosity of young readers, taking them to a time where Tyrannosaurus rex ruled the land, pterodactyls flew in the skies, and packs of velociraptors prowled the jungles. Filled with up-to-date discoveries about prehistoric life, this tome includes comprehensive material about geography, history, and other scientific information from prehistoric times.
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