Cretaceous Chronicles: Journey to the End of the Dinosaurs

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Cretaceous Chronicles: Journey to the End of the Dinosaurs

When we think of dinosaurs, we usually associate them with the Jurassic period, but that only makes up one small period of the time they lived—the Mesozoic era. We mark this age with the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, all of which spanned several million years. In this article on the Cretaceous chronicles, we’ll go on a journey to the end of the dinosaurs.

What Was Earth Like During the Cretaceous Period?

Throughout the Mesozoic era, Earth underwent constant change as it evolved and took shape. The Cretaceous period marks the final chapter of this age. During the Cretaceous period, Earth was quite warm. In fact, the North and South poles weren’t frozen over, nor was there any snow. Due to this warmer and steamier climate, vegetation was lush and diverse.

Fascinatingly, all seven of today’s continents were a single landmass, which also meant there was one massive ocean surrounding them. We refer to the supercontinent as Pangaea and the enormous ocean as Panthalassa.

Which Dinosaurs Lived During the Cretaceous Period?

Countless dinosaurs walked the planet during the Cretaceous period, and many are species we recognize by name today. Some noteworthy beasts include:

  • Ankylosaurus
  • T. rex
  • Velociraptor
  • Triceratops

Dinosaurs came in many shapes and sizes, and their diets varied between carnivorous and herbivorous, depending on the type of animal. Theropods, like the T. rex, were a group of carnivorous dinosaurs that would eat weaker animals. However, ceratopsians, like the Triceratops, had a diet of greenery, such as palms.

A Closer Look at Ceratopsians

Many dinosaur species lived throughout the Cretaceous period, but today, let’s take a closer look at the Ceratopsian family. These dinosaurs include specific species, such as the Triceratops, Centrosaurus, and Styracosaurus, to name a few. All Ceratopsians were herbivores that walked on four legs, and most lived in what is now North America.

How Did the Cretaceous Period End?

All good things must come to an end, and that includes Cretaceous chronicles and the journey to the end of the dinosaurs. It’s hard to say exactly how the Cretaceous period ended; we can form theories that hypothesize how this chapter of Earth came to a close. One of the most agreed-upon theories is that a meteor collided with Earth; the impact altered the planet’s atmosphere and triggered natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

Most scientists hypothesize that a massive meteor collided with Earth, causing detrimental damage and altering the landscape because of the Chicxulub crater near the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Scientists can estimate the crater’s age using radiometric dating on the surrounding rocks.

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