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Location
 Worldwide
 432 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 70% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 16x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 3C above modern level

 

Paleozoic Earth - A 5-foot-long Pterygotus swimming amongst trilobites and sea anemones; Pterygotids; gigantic sea scorpion - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Paleozoic
  Period: Silurian
   Epoch: Wenlock
    Age: Sheinwoodian

     
 

Pterygotus

A marine arthropod of the genus Pterygotus as it may have appeared 432 million years ago. The Pterygotus in this image is about five feet long. Other fauna in this image include trilobites of the genus Phacops and sessile polyps of the order Actiniaria.

Pterygotus is from the extinct order eurypterida (Sea Scorpion), and characterized by a pair of large compound eyes, as well as a pair of smaller eyes atop its head. It had 4 pairs of walking legs, a fifth pair modified into swimming paddles, and a pair of large pincers for grasping prey.

 

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