The most dangerous place

Published April 25, 2020

Let’s say you have an ene­my … and a time machine. Where can you take your kid­napped foe?

According to pale­on­tol­o­gists, you want to go to an area around what’s today south-east­ern Morocco known as the Kem Kem Group. 100 mil­lion years ago.

Fossils from the Kem Kem Group include three of the largest preda­to­ry dinosaurs ever known, including:

  • The sabre-toothed Carcharodontosaurus (over 8m in length, enor­mous jaws, and long, ser­rat­ed teeth up to eight inch­es long)
  • Deltadromeus (around 8m in length, a mem­ber of the rap­tor fam­i­ly with long, unusu­al­ly slen­der hind limbs for its size)
  • Several preda­to­ry fly­ing rep­tiles (pterosaurs) and croc­o­dile-like hunters.

“This was arguably the most dan­ger­ous place in the his­to­ry of plan­et Earth, a place where a human time-trav­eller would not last very long.”

She’s drool­ing.

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