Awkward amphibians

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Where there were swamps, they were full of awkward amphibians, not entirely masking in their appearance the human race they would become. They struggled along on stumpy legs. The strait separating the Meramecian island from the North American mainland was about four hundred miles wide and contained crossopterygian fish, from which the amphibians had evolved. There were shell-crushing sharks, horn corals, meadows of sea lilies, and spiral bryozoans that looked like screws. The strait was warm and equatorial. The equator ran through the present site of San Diego, up through Colorado and Nebraska, and on through the site of Lake Superior. The lake would not be dug for nearly three zakelijke energie hundred and forty million years. If in the Meramecian you were to have followed the present route of Interstate 80 moving east, you would have raised the coast of North America near the Wyoming border, and landed on a red beach. Gradually, you would have ascended through equatorial fem forests, in red soil, to a high point somewhere near Laramie, to begin there a long general downgrade among low hills to Grand Island, Nebraska, where you would have come to an arm of the sea. The far shore was four hundred miles to the east, where the Mississippi River is now, and beyond it was a low, wet, humid, flat terrain, dense with ferns an fern trees-Illinois, Indiana, Ohio. Halfway across Ohio, you would have come to a second epicratonic sea, its far · shore in central Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, you would have begun to ascend mountains and ever higher mountains, their summits girt with ice and capped with snow, not unlike Mt. Kenya, not unlike the present peaks of New Guinea and Ecuador, with their snowfields and glaciers in the zakelijke energie vergelijken equatorial tropics. Reaching the site of the George Washington Bridge, you would have been at considerable altitude, looking at mountains and more mountains before you in future Africa. If you had turned around and gone back to Nevada a million years later, still in Meramecian time, there would have been few variations to note along the way. The west coast would have moved east, but only a bit, and would still be approximately at the western end of Wyoming.

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