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Geologic History

Richard P. Hilton

in Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233157.003.0002
Geologic History

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This chapter provides a history of the tectonic processes in Mesozoic California and discusses the marine depositional setting in which Mesozoic reptiles were fossilized. It covers the three periods of the Mesozoic—the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous—in some detail to provide a grounding for the animal life of this critical geologic era.

Keywords: tectonic processes; Mesozoic California; depositional settings; Mesozoic reptiles; Triassic; Jurassic; Cretaceous

Chapter.  4905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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