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Jurassic Period

In geologic time, the Jurassic Period—the middle of three geologic periods in the Mesozoic Era—spans the time from roughly 206–208 million years ago (mya) to approximately 146 mya.

The Jurassic Period contains three geologic epochs. The earliest epoch, the Lias Epoch, ranges from the start of the Jurassic Period to approximately 180 mya. The Lias Epoch is further subdivided into (from earliest to most recent) Hettangian, Sinemurian, Pliensbachian, and Toarcian stages. The middle epoch, the Dogger Epoch, ranges from 180 mya to 159 mya and is further subdivided into (from earliest to most recent) Aalenian, Bajocian, Bathonian, and Callovian stages. The latest epoch (most recent), the Maim Epoch, ranges from 159 mya to 144 mya and is further subdivided into (from earliest to most recent) Oxfordian, Kimmeridgian, and Tithonian stages.

During the Jurassic Period, the Pangaean supercontinent broke into continents recognizable as the modern continents. At the start...

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