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Where Did Dinosaurs Live?


Where Did Dinosaurs Live?
Dinosaurs lived all over the world, from dry, dusty deserts to wet, sweaty swamps. Explore five different habitats that dinosaurs called home…

Triassic desert
250 to 200 million years ago Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period. Earth was hot, dry and covered in deserts Throughout the Mesozoic era, which comprised the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, much was changing on and in the Earth’s lands and seas.
The Triassic period was a time of recovery after the devastation, in terms of the fauna and flora, that brought to a close the Permian period. The high global temperatures and the empty ecosystems on the land meant that dinosaurs and mammals evolved during the Triassic period, while the oceans saw sea urchins begin to diversify, having been driven almost to the point of extinction at the end of the Permian period. Global warming in the early Triassic period produced one of the hottest periods in Earth’s history. The resulting deserts were home to a variety of dinosaurs, such as the Euparkeria. Fossil finds in what is now the Karoo Desert of South Africa indicate that these carnivorous creatures were blessed with speed and agility thanks to longer back legs that allowed them to stand upright. An enlarged sinus cavity also suggests they had a fine sense of smell, which would have been ideal for sniffing out prey in its open desert surrounds.

Triassic desert