Stratigraphy
Geological Framework
Colours are those used on the International Chronostratigrapic Chart published by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS)
Mesozoic
Start: 251.902 Ma (±0.06)
End: 66 Ma
 
The Mesozoic Era is an interval of geological time from about 252 to 66 million years ago. It is also called the Age of Reptiles, a phrase introduced by the 19th century paleontologist Gideon Mantell who viewed it as dominated by reptiles such as Iguanodon, Megalosaurus, Plesiosaurus and what are now called Pseudosuchia.

Mesozoic means "middle life", deriving from the Greek prefix meso- for "between" and zoon meaning "animal" or "living being". It is one of three geologic eras of the Phanerozoic Eon, preceded by the Paleozoic ("ancient life") and succeeded by the Cenozoic ("new life"). The era is subdivided into three major periods: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous, which are further subdivided into a number of epochs and stages.

The era began in the wake of the Permo-Triassic extinction event, the largest well-documented mass extinction in Earth's history, and ended with the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, another mass extinction which is known for having killed off non-avian dinosaurs, as well as other plant and animal species. The Mesozoic was a time of significant tectonic, climate and evolutionary activity. The era witnessed the gradual rifting of the supercontinent Pangaea into separate landmasses that would eventually move into their current positions. The climate of the Mesozoic was varied, alternating between warming and cooling periods. Overall, however, the Earth was hotter than it is today. Non-avian dinosaurs appeared in the Late Triassic and became the dominant terrestrial vertebrates early in the Jurassic, occupying this position for about 135 million years until their demise at the end of the Cretaceous. Birds first appeared in the Jurassic, having evolved from a branch of theropod dinosaurs. The first mammals also appeared during the Mesozoic, but would remain small - ess than 15 kg (33 lb - until the Cenozoic.
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Mesozoic
Cretaceous
Jurassic
Triassic
Upper Cretaceous
Lower Cretaceous
Upper Jurassic
Middle Jurassic
Lower Jurassic
Upper Triassic
Middle Triassic
Lower Triassic
Maastrichtian
Campanian
Santonian
Coniacian
Turonian
Cenomanian
Albian
Aptian
Barremian
Hauterivian
Valanginian
Berriasian
Tithonian
Kimmeridgian
Oxfordian
Callovian
Bathonian
Bajocian
Aalenian
Toarcian
Pliensbachian
Sinemurian
Hettangian
Rhaetian
Norian
Carnian
Ladinian
Anisian
Olenikian
Induan
Specimens: Mesozoic
No Specimens recorded for Mesozoic