Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Geologic Time The Story of a Changing Earth
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The Cretaceous
Contents
Overview
Terrestrial Life through the Cretaceous
Life in the Cretaceous Seas
Extinction of the Dinosaurs
Continents and Greenhouse Climates
Evidence
Leaf related to the gooseberry family
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Tyrannosaurus rex
Triceratops prorsus
Edmontosaurus annectens
Mosasaurs
Plesiosaurs
Pterosaurs
Ferns
Cycads
Bennettitalean trunks
Coccolithophores
Ammonites
Belemnites
Inoceramids
Rudistids
Diatoms
Foraminifera
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Foundational Concepts
Dating Methods
Earth Processes
Life Processes
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References:
Behrensmeyer, A. K., J. D. Damuth, W. A. DiMichele, R. Potts, H.-D. Sues, and S. L. Wing. 1992. Terrestrial Ecosystems through Time: Evolutionary Paleoecology of Terrestrial Plants and Animals. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 568 pp.

Labandeira, C. C. 1998. The role of insects in Late Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous ecosystems. In Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems, S. G. Lucas, J. I. Kirkland, and J. W. Estep, editors. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14:105–124.

Labandeira, C. C. 1998. How old is the flower and the fly? Science 280:57–59.

Wilf, P., C. C. Labandeira, W. J. Kress, D. M. Windosr, C. L. Staines, A. L. Allen, and K. R. Johnson. 2000. Timing the radiations of leaf-beetles: hispines on gingers from latest Cretaceous to Recent. Science 288:291–294.

Labandeira, C. C., K. R. Johnson, and P. Wilf. 2002. Impact of the terminal Cretaceous event on plant-insect associations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99:2061–2066.

Links:
Mosasaurs http://www.oceansofkansas.com/about-mo.html
Kronosaurus http://www.oceansofkansas.com/kronosar.html
Rudist reefs http://www.americanscientist.org/articles/02articles/johnson.html
End Cretaceous extinctions http://paleobiology.si.edu/blastPast/index.html
Diatoms http://www.indiana.edu/~diatom/diatom.html
Department of Paleobiology Dinosaur Web Site http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/
Department of Paleobiology Life of a Vertebrate Fossil http://paleobiology.si.edu/LVF/index.htm





Overview | Terrestrial Life through the Cretaceous | Life in the Cretaceous Seas
Extinction of the Dinosaurs | Shifting Continents and Greenhouse Climates



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