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Definition a geologic period that began roughly 145 million years ago and ended roughly 70 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants
  • Flintcomb-Ash being in the middle of the cretaceous tableland over which no railway had climbed as yet, it would be necessary to walk.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Now they were facing something out of the Cretaceous period.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Dinosaurs had died out in the Cretaceous period, sixty-five million years ago.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Fossils of these ancients have been found dating from the Cretaceous era while in the Eocene and Miocene they were spread over England and Europe and America.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Through the solid barrier of cold cretaceous upland to the northward he was always beholding a gorgeous city—the fancied place he had likened to the new Jerusalem, though there was perhaps more of the painter's imagination and less of the diamond merchant's in his dreams thereof than in those of the Apocalyptic writer.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Right now, species on Earth are going extinct far faster than during the late Cretaceous.
    Cixin Liu  --  The Three-Body Problem
  • Let me tell you now what I wanted to tell you that night: If you really lived during the Cretaceous Period, you'd be fortunate.
    Cixin Liu  --  The Three-Body Problem
  • They must cearadactyls, big flying reptiles from the early Cretaceous.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The reason Grant was astonished was that he had a proprietary feeling about this animal: it was probably a maiasaur, from the late Cretaceous in Montana.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • What's the difference between Cretaceous and Jurassic?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Cretaceous is older?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They already had evidence for vast herds of these grazing dinosaurs, roaming the Cretaceous plains in groups of ten or twenty thousand, as buffalo would later roam.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • No. Cretaceous.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Cretaceous?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • "We imagine the world of the dinosaurs," said Richard Kiley's voice, "as a world of huge vegetarians, eating their way through the giant swampy forests of the Jurassic and Cretaceous world, a hundred million years ago.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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