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Triassic Forest


Triassic Forest
250 to 200 million years ago The weather was milder at the north and south poles. It was drier, so large forests grew

The presence of coal deposits in the high northern and southern latitudes suggests that these regions were much wetter than the desert-like lower latitudes, so dense, forest-like vegetation was able to grow. These jungles were home to Rauisuchians, such as the Effigia, and Sauropodomorphs, such as the Plateosaurus, whose long neck and weight-bearing bone structure allowed it to stand upright, which in turn enabled it to feed off plants that were out of reach of other herbivorous dinosaurs. During the Triassic period, the oceans and continents were starting to change. The land mass of the supercontinent Pangaea was at its largest due to lower sea levels and it had started to move northwards and rotate anticlockwise, ultimately breaking up to give the Earth a slightly more familiar look. Fossils from the mid-to-late Triassic period indicate that the seas and oceans housed a wide range of marine-based reptiles and ammonites that began to thrive in this period.

Triassic Forest