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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 pulls a small shark from the waters of an estuary near the Tethys Ocean - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

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

     
 

Suchomimus tenerensis fishing

A five ton, Early Cretaceous theropod dinosaur of the species Suchomimus tenerensis snags a shark from a lush estuary near the ancient Tethys Ocean in what today is Northern Africa.

Suchomimus tenerensis was well-armed with long claws and a long, crocodile-like snout with dozens of teeth. Given these distinctly crocodilian features, it's believed that this dinosaur, like modern day crocodiles, dined largely on fish.

 

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