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Location
 Europe
 150 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 - Compsognathus eating a lizard in a Jurassic forest with a hollow log, mushrooms, cockroaches, slugs, sow bugs, an earthworm and a snail - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Jurassic
   Epoch: Late
    Age: Kimmeridgian

     
 

Compsognathus with lizard

A theropod dinosaur of the genus Compsognathus prepares to swallow a small lizard it has ambushed by hiding in a hollow log. One fossilized example of Compsognathus has an entire lizard in its stomach, suggesting that Compsognathus may have swallowed some of its meals whole. Compsognathus also likely preyed on small insects.

 

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