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The Mesozoic era is often called the era of the dinosaurs. It lasted from about 252.2 million years ago (mya) to about 66 mya.[1] It is the middle of three eras that make up the Phanerozoic.

Its three periods are:

The Mesozoic era began and ended with huge extinction events. It began after the Permian–Triassic extinction event and ended with the K/T extinction event which killed the dinosaurs.

Before the Mesozoic was the Palaeozoic era, (Permian period). After it was the Cainozoic era, (Palaeocene epoch).

References[change | change source]

  1. Gradstein, Felix M. James G. Ogg, Alan G. Smith (eds) 2005. A geologic time scale 2004. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-78673-8