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was an important cultural influence during the 1950s–60s, images of which are often found in earlier books on paleontology, and was also the model for dinosaur toys.

Paleontologist Björn Kurtén wrote a popular intelligent layperson book with the same title. The Age of Mammals has in turn been replaced by the Anthropocene or Age of Man, (Holocene) when humans dominate every conceivable environment and most other life forms (apart from weedy species) are suffering a mass extinction (Yes, I know humans are also mammals, so technically speaking this is still the Age of Mammals, but I tend to think of the Age of Mammals as a period of flourishing biodiversity).

Age of Reptiles: term found in popular books on evolutionary systematics for the Permian through to Cretaceous periods (but obviously originating with Victorian discoveries of "antediluvian monsters"), when reptiles (first mammal-like reptiles, then archosaurs and marine reptiles) were the dominant life on Earth.

The following, inevitably incomplete, introductory glossary of terms and concepts links to other topics discussed elsewhere on this site, as well as including general topics of interest such as well-known prehistoric animals.

It still needs to be modified more by removing some more technical terms, and adding more common terms.

Inevitably there is some duplication with other glossaries.

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Some of the references and source material used in compiling this list include Wesley R.

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