Mean atmospheric O2
Geologic Time Scale
Kaprosuchus & baobab
20-foot-long, 1-ton mahajangasuchid crocodyliforms of the genus Kaprosuchus mill about at water's edge near a baobab tree 95 million years ago in what is today Africa. A distant relative of the crocodile, and somewhat larger than modern saltwater crocodiles, Kaprosuchus is notable for boar-like tusks that that project above and below its skull (lending it the nickname BoarCroc). With legs longer than modern crocodiles', Kaprosuchus may have roamed Africa's plains in search of prey which likely included dinosaurs.
Baobabs, trees of the genus Adansonia from the mallow family, are
large, drought-resistant trees with very thick trunks (a much as 40 feet in
diameter) and growing as tall as 100 feet. The thick trunks can store an
enormous amount of water. Baobabs are deciduous, shedding their leaves
during the dry season.
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