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Location
 Africa
 95 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 - Kaprosuchus crocodyliforms (tusked prehistoric crocodiles) mill about at water's edge near a baobab tree 95 million years ago in what is today Africa; boar crocodile; boab; boaboa; bottle tree; upside-down tree; monkey bread tree; reptiles - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Cretaceous
   Epoch: Late
    Age: Cenomanian

     
 

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.

The ground foliage is made up of varieties of fern while the reed-like water plants are in fact horsetails.

 

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