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Rainbow Mothra duels Cretaceous King Ghidorah (Rebirth of Mothra 3)

Permian ← Cretaceous | Last Ice Age

Before 1900

Prehistoric eras: PrecambrianCarboniferousPermianCretaceous

B.C.E.: Last Ice Age30,0008,0001,100
C.E.: 15021853

1900-1949: 19081915192019261931193219331934193819421943194419451946194719481949

'50s: 1950195119521953195419551956195719581959

'60s: 1960196119621963196419651966196719681969

'70s: 1970197119721973197419751976197719781979

'80s: 1980198119821983198419851986198719881989

'90s: 1990199119921993199419951996199719981999

'00s: 2000200120022003200420052006200720082009

'10s: 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
'20s: 20202021202220232024

The Cretaceous is a geologic period of Earth's history spanning 80 million years from the end of the Jurassic Period 145 million years ago (Mya), to the beginning of the Paleogene, 66 Mya. It was the final period of the Mesozoic Era.

In the real world

  • Dinosaurs and other reptilian animals rule the planet. The supercontinent of Pangaea has completed its tectonic plate breakup into the present day continents, and many of the Earth's major landmasses are in similar positions to the present day.
  • Some of the most famous species of dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops, roam the Earth.
  • A massive asteroid or comet strikes the Earth 65 Mya, causing the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event and killing an estimated 75% or more of all life on the planet, including all non-avian dinosaurs.
  • The Deccan traps in India begin erupting around 300,000 years before the impact, and remain active for a further 700,000 years, creating a large igneous province.

In fiction

130,000,000 years ago
  • Cretaceous King Ghidorah lands on Earth and begins to kill dinosaurs. Rainbow Mothra arrives, having traveled back in time from the year 1998, to fight Ghidorah in a younger, weaker form. The two battle, and Leo eventually severs one of Ghidorah's tails, which digs itself into the ground to regenerate. Leo eventually grabs the young King of Terror and drops it into an erupting volcano, killing it. Leo then lands on the ground, badly burned and seriously injured. However, three Primitive Mothra Larvae arrive and cover Leo in silk to protect and preserve him through the ages. (Rebirth of Mothra 3)
65,000,000 million years ago
  • An asteroid hits the Earth, killing much of the planet's life. The population of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures is reduced, but many species do not surrender to extinction. Across the planet, many small populations of such species as plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, and even some dinosaurs (including Ankylosaurus and a theropod genus known as "Godzillasaurus") continue to survive and breed.
  • The three-headed space monster Desghidorah arrives on Earth and begins to absorb the life energy from the planet. The dominant race of the world, small humanoids called the Elias, attempt to fight back alongside a race of giant moths called Mothras. Eventually, Desghidorah is defeated and sealed inside the Earth, but the Elias are left extinct, and only one Mothra remains alive. (Rebirth of Mothra)
  • The Leviathan Aliens landed on Earth aboard their ship after it had crashed. They kept the Reptilians and Cryptocledius, the former of which were selectively bred from Cretaceous fauna, to aid them before sending out a distress beacon and going dormant. (Godzilla: The Series, "Leviathan")
  • An alien spacecraft crashes into the sea, and the ship's crew, squid-like creatures called the Millennians, remain trapped within, unable to operate the ship without light from the Sun. (Godzilla 2000: Millennium)



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