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 North America
 2 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 Same as modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 Pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 5C below modern level

Cenozoic Earth - Three Pleistocene Black Vultures feeding on carrion in the western United States 2 million years ago - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Cenozoic
  Period: Quaternary
   Epoch: Pleistocene
    Age: Gelasian


Pleistocene Black Vultures

Prehistoric species of Black Vulture, Coragyps occidentalis, known as the Pleistocene Black Vulture, feed on carrion two million years ago in what is today the western United States. Pleistocene Black Vultures were very similar to today's American Black Vultures with the exceptions that they were 10-15% larger and had a relatively flatter and wider bills.

Looking on are a pair of camels of the extinct genus Camelops, true camels that resembled the slightly smaller Arabian camels of today.



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