Cretaceous

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Cretaceous

of, denoting, or formed in the last period of the Mesozoic era, between the Jurassic and Tertiary periods, lasting 80 million years during which chalk deposits were formed and flowering plants first appeared

Cretaceous

[kri′tā·shəs]
(geology)
In geological time, the last period of the Mesozoic Era, preceded by the Jurassic Period and followed by the Tertiary Period; it extended from 144 million years to 65 million years before present.