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Meganula and Meganulon in the Carboniferous environment 350-300 million years ago

Precambrian ← CarboniferousPermian

Before 1900

Prehistoric eras: PrecambrianCarboniferousPermianCretaceous

B.C.E.: Last Ice Age30,0008,0001,100
C.E.: 15021853

1900-1949: 19081915192019261931193219331934193819421943194419451946194719481949

'50s: 1950195119521953195419551956195719581959

'60s: 1960196119621963196419651966196719681969

'70s: 1970197119721973197419751976197719781979

'80s: 1980198119821983198419851986198719881989

'90s: 1990199119921993199419951996199719981999

'00s: 2000200120022003200420052006200720082009

'10s: 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
'20s: 20202021202220232024

The Carboniferous is a geologic period of Earth's history spanning 60 million years from the end of the Devonian Period 358.9 million years ago (Mya), to the beginning of the Permian Period, 298.9 Mya. It was the penultimate period of the Paleozoic Era.

In the real world

  • In this era, trees and other giant plants successfully colonized the land, the first reptiles emerged, and many different species of giant arthropods evolved, including the ancestors and relatives to many modern insects, arachnids, and myriapods. These large sizes among arthropods were thought to have been due to higher atmospheric oxygen levels and a lack of natural predators. The giant dragonfly-like Meganeura (the real-life inspiration for Toho's Meganulon, Meganula and Megaguirus) arise and become extinct at the very end of the Carboniferous, 305-299 Mya.

In fiction



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