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Location
 New Mexico, USA
 90 million years ago

Mean atmospheric O2
 150% of modern level

Mean atmospheric CO2
 6x pre-industrial level

Mean temperature
 4C above modern level

Mesozoic Earth - A Zuniceratops howls in a Cretaceous forest 90 million years ago in what is today New Mexico; herbivores; cerapods; ceratopsidae; ceratopsids; Mesozoic; Cretaceous; Turonian stage - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

 Era: Mesozoic
  Period: Cretaceous
   Epoch: Late
    Age: Turonian

     
 

Zuniceratops portrait

A ten-foot-long, 250 pound ceratopsian dinosaur of the genus Zuniceratops howls in a Cretaceous forest 90 million years ago in what is today New Mexico.

Like the better known and larger Triceratops, Zuniceratops was a Ceratopsid, a family of four-legged plant-eating dinosaurs characterized by beaks, rows of shearing teeth in the back of the jaw, and elaborate horns and frills. Zuniceratops is the earliest known ceratopsian dinosaur that had horns above its eyes.

 

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