million years ago (Early Permian)
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It is the time of Pangaea, a giant supercontinent formed by the collision
of all of the earth's continents. Sand seas reminiscent of the Sahara
cover huge stretches of the American West, with immense dunes
lapping up the flanks of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Bizarre plants
and animals inhabit this giant desert, including squat-bodied protomammals
the size of big dogs and a few of the world's first large-bodied plant-eaters.
Many of them leave their tracks
in the dunes. The plants that have adjusted to this extreme climate include
extinct oddballs such as Tinsleya
plants and some of the first conifers and cycads.
- Garden of
the Gods Park and Visitor Center
- Area surrounding
- Hall Ranch
The Kissing Camels site at Garden of the Gods is an example of the