Meet the Texas Dinosaurs

Texas Junior Naturalists

Torosaurus skeleton

The Mesozoic Era is called "The Age of Reptiles" because that was the era (225-65 million years ago) when the dinosaurs lived and were the dominant life form. The Mesozoic is divided into 3 periods, the Triassic, Jurassic and the Cretaceous. The Cretaceous Period was the most productive of the Mesozoic in deposition of fossils found in Texas. Each period featured different dinosaurs that lived during that time. Dinosaurs are a special group of reptiles that lived on land. They did not fly or swim.

Triassic Jurassic* Early Cretaceous Late Cretaceous Non-Dinosaur Prehistoric Animals
Shuvosaurus
Technosaurus
*There is very little evidence of Jurassic Dinosaurs in Texas Acrocanthosaurus
Deinonychus
Hypsilophodont
Iguanodon
Pawpawsaurus
Pleurocoelus
Protohadros
Tenontosaurus
Alamosaurus
Chasmosaurus
Edmontosaurus
Euoplocephalus
Kritosaurus
Ornithomimus
Panoplosaurus
Stegoceras
Torosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Archaeopteryx
Dimetrodon
Edaphosaurus
Mammoth
Mosasaur
Quetzalcoatlus

 

Learn About Texas Dinosaurs (PDF)
Lone Star Dinosaurs Webcast (originally aired 2/16/2000)

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