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Location
 North Africa
 115 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 150% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 6x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 4C above modern level

Mesozoic Earth - A Suchomimus tenerensis prowls a beach on the shore of the Tethys Ocean - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Cretaceous
   Epoch: Early
    Age: Aptian

     
 

Suchomimus on the prowl

12 feet tall and weighing five tons, a carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Suchomimus wanders a beach on the ancient Tethys Ocean 115 million years ago in search of its next meal in what today is Northern Africa. A ferocious predator nearly as big as T-Rex with a crocodile-like head, Suchomimus ("crocodile mimic") may have lived largely on fish and carrion.

 

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