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What is Mesozoic?

The Mesozoic is a period of time, from 252 to 66 million years ago (approx.), sub-divided into Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous times.

Sandwiched between the Paleozoic ("ancient life") and the Cenozoic ("new life"), the Mesozoic (unsuprisingly, "Middle Life") is often referred to as "The age of dinosaurs", which is true. But dinosaurs weren't the only critters that lived during this time.

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 Triassic 252-201 million years ago
 Early (Lower) Jurassic 201-174 million years ago
 Middle Jurassic 174-164 million years ago
 Late (Upper) Jurassic 164-145 million years ago
 Early (Lower) Cretaceous 145-100 million years ago
 Late (Upper) Cretaceous 100-66 million years ago
 Oops! Extinction! 66 - now. They're still extinct. Sorry.
(Middle Life)Etymology
Mesozoic is derived from the Greek "meso" (between) and "zōon" (living being).
References
• Luis M Chiappe (2003) "Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "DinoChecker FAQ entry :: What is Mesozoic?"
http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurfaqs/what-is-mesozoic›. Web access: 16th Dec 2017.
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