THE JURASSIC PERIOD (Illustration) Archeological Wonders Legends and Legendary People STEM Visual Arts Social Studies Film

National Geographic describes this artist's illustration (by Publicphoto/Photo Researchers, Inc.): "The Jurassic period...was characterized by a warm, wet climate that gave rise to lush vegetation and abundant life. Many new dinosaurs emerged—in great numbers. Among them were stegosaurs, brachiosaurs, allosaurs and many others." Click on the image for a great view.


Although "Jurassic" is a commonly used term today (thanks to Michael Crichton’s book and Steven Spielberg’s movie), what does the word "Jurassic" really mean?

"Jurassic" was a period of time named for the Jura Mountains which border France and Switzerland - the place where rocks of this age were first studied. (This link depicting the Jura Mountains will permit you to zoom in.)

It was a time, paleontologists believe, BEFORE Tyrannosaurus rex (the biggest predator ever to stalk the American West) and one of its favored prey, the Triceratops. Both species likely lived during the Cretaceous Period.

This artist’s conception of Cretaceous life, by Publicphoto/Photo Researchers, Inc., shows maiasaurs (front left); tarbosaurs (top right) and pterosaurs (top center).

In addition:

In the foreground are depicted the first flowering plants and one of the earliest mammal relatives, both of which developed during this period and went on to survive the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (See National Geographic’s description of the image in its Cretaceous Collection.)

What was the world like during the Jurassic Period? What kinds of dinosaurs lived then?

The answers to those questions may surprise you.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jun 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Apr 17, 2018

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