The weird flora and fauna of Caspak were as possible under the thick, warm atmospheric conditions of the super-heated crater as they were in the Mesozoic era
under almost exactly similar conditions, which were then probably world-wide.
The nearly complete skeleton of the prehistoric creature dates back to the Mesozoic Era
and is the smallest known bird fossil discovered from that period.
Until now, four-legged animals from the Mesozoic era
, the dinosaur age, were not known to be in the area of Slovakia.
Mansourasaurus, which lived near the shore of the ancient ocean that preceded the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the very few dinosaurs known from the last 15 million years of the Mesozoic Era
, or age of dinosaurs, on mainland Africa.
The family interactive show is being hailed as entertaining and engaging for all the family while also educating children (and adults) about the creatures from the Mesozoic era
NYT Syndicate The Mesozoic Era
, from 252 million years ago to 66 million years ago, is often called the Age of Dinosaurs.
The discovery of the Mesozoic Era
vocal organ -- called a syrinx -- and its apparent absence in non-avian dinosaur fossils of the same age indicates that the organ may have originated late in the evolution of birds, and that other dinosaurs may not have been able to make noises similar to the bird calls we hear today.
It was found in diamond-rich sands dating back to the Mesozoic era
from about 252 to 66 million years ago.
The slopes are made of bluish shale covered by a layer of bulky bluish limestone blocks created during the Mesozoic Era
I walked through the Mesozoic Era
and learned about the slow evolution of various species long before mammals were part of the picture.
With a crushing force of more than 16,000 newtons, they have the strongest bite of any animal on Earth, a distinction scientists believe they have likely maintained going back to the Mesozoic era
, when their giant ancestors co-existed with the T-rex and other impressive biters.
She points out that during the Mesozoic era
, which started about 251 million years ago, ancestors of birds and crocodilians diversified into a great variety of forms.