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Location
 China
 81 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 - Portrait of a Zhejiangopterus, genus of a moderately large azhdarchid pterosaur from Late Cretaceous China 81 million years ago; Pterodactyl; Pterodactyls; pterosaur; pterosaurs; Pterodactylus - Natural History Illustration Geologic Time Scale

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

     
 

Zhejiangopterus portrait

Zhejiangopterus is the genus of a moderately large azhdarchid pterosaur with a wingspan of about 12 feet and weight of about 50 pounds. Known for its long neck and lack of a long protruding head keel typical of other pterosaurs, this flying reptile soared in the skies of Late Cretaceous China about 81 million years ago and likely fed upon fish.

 

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