Mesozoic Earth ] Back | Next >

Location
 United Kingdom
 195 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 130% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 7x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 3C above modern level

Mesozoic Earth - Dimorphodon converge on the white sands of an Early-Jurassic ocean beach 195 million years ago - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Jurassic
   Epoch: Early
    Age: Sinemurian

     
 

Dimorphodon on the beach

A winged pterosaur of the genus Dimorphodon swallows a fish from the Early-Jurassic Tethys Ocean 195 million years ago in what it is today England. While Dimorphodon's coloration is unknown, here the adult males have been given colorful heads inspired by modern day puffins and toucans.

Dimorphodon was a medium-sized flying reptile with a wingspan of about four feet and a large head and puffin-like "beak ." Its long front teeth suggest that it was built for plucking fish from near the surface of the water. Dimorphodon also had a long tail, the end of which is believed to have sported a soft tissue vane for enhanced stability during flight. 

 

Larger

Copyright Walter B. Myers. All rights reserved.

Terms of use

Home | What's New | The Graphics | Information | Site Map |  ]