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Location
 South Africa
 250 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 80% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 6x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 3C above modern level

 

Paleozoic Earth - Two Moschops on a sandstone mesa under an early morning sky with a crescent moon - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Triassic
   Epoch: Early
    Age: Induan

     
 

Moschops on the rocks

Two giant therapsids from the genus Moschops face off on a sandstone mesa 250 million years ago in what is today the Karoo region of South Africa.

Moschops was not a dinosaur, rather it was a mammal-like reptile that, like Dimetrodon, was more closely related to mammals than to true reptiles such as lizards. Moschops was a heavily-built, 4-legged herbivore that grew up to 16 feet long. 

 

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