213-248 Million Years Ago
Highlights of the Triassic
- At the beginning of the period was the Permian-Triassic extinction event where approximately 90% to 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates became extinct. This was the largest mass extinction in the Earth’s history.
- At the beginning of the period of the continents were arranged into the super continent of Pangaea. However, as the period progressed, the super continent slowly began to break up with the continents as we know them today making their first movements towards their modern day positions.
- This was also the period where out from the ashes of the Permian-Triassic extinction, a new type of Animal rose to conquer the planet, these were the Dinosaurs!
Dinosaurs are a group of now extinct animals who roamed the planet during the Mesozoic era. They first appeared approximately 251 million years ago and went extinct 65.6 million years ago.
Triassic Dinosaurs (Click to jump to Dinosaur)
These are the fossils of the Triassic period that we have in our collection. Remember these are not representative of the total of Triassic creatures.
- Length: 9 feet
- Weight: 35 kg
- When did I live? Late Triassic, 220 million years ago
- Where? North America
- What family did I belong to? Theropoda, Podokesauridae
- What food did I eat? Small animals
- What special feature did I have? Like many other meat-eating dinosaurs, coelophysis had hollow bones!