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Location
 France
 42 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 130% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 2x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 4C above modern level

Cenozoic Earth - Eurohippus in the ivy of a forest undergrowth 42 million years ago in what is today France; odd-toed ungulates; hooved feet; Equus - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Cenozoic
  Period: Paleogene
   Epoch: Eocene
    Age: Lutetian

     
 

Eurohippus

Equid ungulates of the genus Eurohippus huddle in a forest 42 million years ago in what is today France.

An ancient ancestor to modern horses, donkeys, and zebras, Eurohippus was about the size of a small dog and possessed three toes instead of a single hoof. While modern equines are adapted to the varying and sometimes harsh climates of grasslands, Eurohippus lived and foraged in the relative comfort of warm and moist forests.

 

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