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Location
 North Africa
 36 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 - Moeritherium wallow in a swamp 36 million years ago in what is today North Africa; oasis; palm trees; lily pads; papyrus - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

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

     
 

Moeritherium

Proboscideans of the genus Moeritherium wallow in a swamp 36 million years ago in what is today North Africa.

Resembling modern tapirs or pygmy hippopotamuses, Moeritherium is in fact related to elephants. They stood only about 2.5 feet at the shoulder and were about 10 feet long. Dwelling in swamps and rivers and subsisting on soft vegetation, it is believed Moeritherium occupied an ecological niche subsequently filled by modern hippopotamuses.

 

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