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Location
 South America
 1,700 years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 Same as modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 Pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 Pre-industrial level

Holocene Earth - Andean Condors flying over an Amazonian village 1,700 years ago; Amazon; Andes - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Cenozoic
  Period: Quaternary
   Epoch: Holocene*
    Age: Undefined

     
 

Andean Condors & Amazonian village

A male and female pair of extant New World Vultures of the species Vultur gryphus, known as the Andean Condor, overfly a village in the Amazon basin 1,700 years ago.

The Andean Condor is a large vulture whose range includes the Andes mountains and Pacific coasts of western South America. With a wingspan of over 10 feet and weighing up to 30 pounds, it is the largest flying land bird in the Western Hemisphere. Like all vultures, the Andean Condor is a scavenger feeding mainly on carrion.

* Some experts argue that Holocene ("entirely new") should be replaced with the term “Anthropocene” ("man new") because humans have caused mass extinctions of plant and animal species, while distributing others across the globe, polluted the oceans, and altered the atmosphere.

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