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The Cretaceous was a period with a relatively warm
birds appeared. During the Early Cretaceous, flowering plants appeared and began to rapidly diversify, becoming the dominant group of plants across the Earth by the end of the Cretaceous, coincident with the decline and extinction of previously widespread gymnosperm groups. (Full article...)
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Period (between about 66.5–66 Ma ago) in western North America.
Although a complete skeleton has not been discovered and several other dinosaurs are represented by more extensive fossil material, Ankylosaurus is often considered the
armored dinosaur. Other ankylosaurids shared its well-known features—the heavily armored body and massive bony tail club—but Ankylosaurus was the largest known member of the family. (see more...)
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The painting Laelaps by Charles R. Knight depicts two Dryptosaurus fighting.
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Bone Sharps follows the two scientists
U.S. Grant, as the two scientists pursue their hotheaded and sometimes illegal acquisitions of fossils. Unlike in his previous books, "the scientists are the bad guys this time". Upon release, the novel received praise from critics for its exceptional historical content, although some reviewers wished more fiction had been woven into the story. (see more...)
Epochs - Early Cretaceous - Late Cretaceous
Ordovician–Silurian extinction event
Landmasses - Baltica - Gondwana - Laurentia - Siberia
Trace fossils - Petroxestes - Trypanites
Plants - Marchantiophyta
Fossil sites - Beecher's Trilobite Bed - Walcott–Rust quarry
Fezouata formation - Holston Formation - Kope Formation - Potsdam Sandstone - St. Peter Sandstone
Researchers - Charles Emerson Beecher - Charles Lapworth - Charles Doolittle Walcott
Featured Cretaceous articles - Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards - Bone Wars - Edward Drinker Cope - Geology of the Capitol Reef area - Geology of the Death Valley area -Geology of the Grand Canyon area - Geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area
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Schinderhannes - Small shelly fauna - Temnospondyli - Tiktaalik - Waptia
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Current Cretaceous FACs - none currently
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