Mesozoic Era

252 – 66 million years ago

During the Mesozoic, Scotland’s ‘tectonic travels’ saw it continue its journey north of the equator. Although in a semi-arid climate during the Triassic, rising global sea levels meant that for much of the Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, the area lay beneath shallow, warm seas. Land life in Scotland during the Triassic was restricted to a few early dinosaurs and mammal-like reptiles, but during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, the seas were full of life and dinosaurs ruled the land.