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:

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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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Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic in the American Southwest
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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

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Dinosaurs: Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous & Bird Dinosaurs (Dinosaur 4-Pack Picture Books (Vols 1-4))
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The Triassic Period: The History and Legacy of the Geologic Era that Witnessed the Rise of Dinosaurs
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Triassic-Jurassic of western Massachusetts: easily acessable geology field trips
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Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Life in the Triassic (Life of the Past)
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Dinosaur Explorers Vol. 4: Trapped in the Triassic
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Dinosaurs of the Triassic Era
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A giant Late Triassic ichthyosaur from the UK and a reinterpretation of the Aust Cliff dinosaurian bones
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Mesozoic Sea Dragons: Triassic Marine Life from the Ancient Tropical Lagoon of Monte San Giorgio (Life of the Past)
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