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Jurassic

The early Jurassic period (the Liassic epoch) came about 176 to 200 million years ago and was divided into the Hettangian age, the Sinemurian age, the Pliensbachian age, and the Toarcian age. The beginning of the Jurassic period saw a rise of the dinosaurs after the Triassic period saw the extinction of many of the animals that thrived during that time. The early Jurassic period also brought a much warmer and wetter rainforest type of climate and encouraged reptile expansion.
Jan 16 2012

Jurassic Period Plants

Jurassic Period Plants Were Responsible For Supporting Life

Jurrasic period plant fossilsWhen it comes to the Jurassic period most often people are concerned with the giant dinosaurs that roamed the Earth. If it weren’t for the Jurassic period plants however, the now extinct dinosaurs would never have survived as long as they did. In this article we will cover a number of well known Jurassic period plants including: conifers, ginkgophytes and cycads and cycadeoids...


Jan 11 2012

German Discovery Changes History As We Know It

New Ichthyosaur Specimen Changes History

Ichthyosauria fossilA New German discovery has put the brakes on what we currently understand as the truth behind the history of fossils. The new finding of a rare ichthyosaur leads to more questions than it does answers but in this article we will discuss this new finding and its implications. Among topics we will cover include: the previously understood fossil timeline, the discovery of the newest Ichthyosaur and what this discovery means to paleontologists, geologists and historians worldwide...


Jan 09 2012

Allosaurus

One of the Largest Predators During the Jurassic Period

AllosaurusThe Allosaurus roamed the Earth some 155 – 145 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period. This large bipedal Theropod ruled the Earth as one of the largest predators in North America and terrorized smaller dinosaurs with its huge carnivorous jaws. While much about the Allosaurus remains a mystery enough is known about this two and a half short ton beast to know its impact on surrounding life during the Jurassic period...


Jan 03 2012

Cryolophosaurus

The Elvisaurus

Cryolophosaurus dinosaurCryolophosaurus roamed the planet during the early Jurassic period and while it is certainly not a commonly known dinosaur it was unique in a variety of ways. Along with its unique physical appearance the Cryolophosaurus also lived in a unique area of the world that many other species of dinosaur tended to avoid. Jokingly referred to as the “Elvisaurus” the Cryolophosaurus was a large carnivorous dinosaur that is of great significance to the paleontological world not just for its unique status as a meat eater that roamed where most others would not go but also because it is the oldest known Tetanuran that has ever been discovered in the history of paleontological discovery....


Dec 20 2010

Archaeopteryx

The First Bird Ever Known

Archaeopteryx BirdThe Archaeopteryx is known by many as the first bird ever known and is also thought by some to be proof of a link between dinosaurs and bird life. While a precise link remains to be found between the characteristics of the Archaeopteryx developing from the large terrestrial dinosaurs of its time, there is no doubt that there is evidence that this prehistoric bird had links to its land dwelling neighbors....


Oct 08 2010

Stegosaurus Facts

Stegosaurus: Armored Dino

Two Stegosaurs in Jurassic FieldThe Stegosaurus is perhaps one of the most widely recognized dinosaurs due to its armored plates that ran along its back in two columns. The Stegosaurus lived 150 to 145 million years ago during the late Jurassic period. While the large armored plates of the Stegosaurus make it more recognizable to amateur dinosaur lovers they also make it much easier for paleontologists to identify other Stegosaurids as well. The Stegosaurus, unlike some other varieties of dinosaurs, did not live through the small mass extinction which occurred at the end of the Jurassic period and as a result, never lived to see low level grasses or the humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Stegosaurus did, however, live to thrive and spread their kind so far across the globe that their fossils have been found on four continents so far!....