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Location
 North America
 180 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 130% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 7x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 3C above modern level

Mesozoic Earth - Dilophosaurus amidst Ginkgos - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Jurassic
   Epoch: Early
    Age: Toarcian

     
 

Dilophosaurus amidst Ginkgos

A hungry, carnivorous dinosaur theropod of the genus Dilophosaurus hunts for her next meal in a valley forest of non-flowering plants of the genus Ginkgo 180 million years ago in what is today North America.

The Ginkgo first emerged 270 million years ago and it is the oldest genus of tree still living today--a "living" fossil. It has no close living relatives. The Ginkgo is very tolerant of extreme conditions including manmade pollutants, which ironically makes this primeval plant well-suited for today's urban environments.

 

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