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FC: Triassic Times | by: Faisal Al-Sabah 7-2

1: The Triassic was about 230 million years ago. The climate there was tropical, very green and wet.

2: The animals that live in the Triassic are a lot. Like the Austrolimulus is an extinct genus of xiphosuran, related to the modern horseshoe crab. It lived in the Middle Triassic. Axitectum is an extinct genus of bystrowianid reptiliomorph from lower Triassic deposits of Nizhni Novgorod and Kirov Regions, Russia. Bystrowiella is an extinct genus of bystrowianid reptiliomorph from upper Middle Triassic deposits of Kupferzell and Vellberg, northernBaden-Württemberg, Germany. Cassianellidae is a small extinct family of prehistoric bivalves which lived from the Middle Triassic, Ladinian stage through the Late Triassic Norian stage. Chroniosuchia is a group of reptiliomorph tetrapods that lived from the Middle Permian to Late Triassic in what is now Eastern Europe,Kyrgyzstan, China and Germany. The Chroniosuchidae are a family of semi-aquatic reptiliomorp amphibians found in sediments from the upper Permian and the upper Triassicperiods, most in Russia. Cinizasaurus is an informal name for fossilized remains from the Late Triassic of New Mexico that were initially interpreted as belonging to a theropod dinosaur. Discinisca is a genus of brachiopod with fossils dating back to the Early Devonian to the Pliocene of Africa, Europe, North America, and New Zealand.

3: There a few kinds of plants that were in the Triassic period, but now are extinct. Conifers – These occupied the upper story of the forest. Modern conifers include evergreens such as pine trees, fir and spruce. Cycads – Looking similar to modern palm trees, cycads inhabited the mid- to lower stories of the forest. Cycads today resemble very short palm trees Ginkgoes – Dwelling in the middle stories of the forest, these plants, common in the Triassic, are represented by only one species today: Ginkgo biloba which appears in many herbal medicines. Seed Ferns – These plants, common before the Permian Extinction, covered the understory of the forests, and struggled to survive during the Triassic. Seed ferns eventually went extinct leaving only the spore ferns which still grow in many parts of the world.

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