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Kansas was unbearably hot 270 million years ago

Temperatures soared to nearly 74 degrees Celsius, research suggests

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1:17pm, March 28, 2013

The Permian period was hot, hot, hot: Around 270 million years ago, air temperatures near the equator may have soared to almost 74º Celsius or 165º Fahrenheit, scientists report March 18 in Geology. That’s far hotter than anywhere on Earth today.

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