Skip to comments.Camels' Humps Originated in the Arctic
Posted on 03/05/2013 11:03:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
Camels get their humps from giant ancestors which roamed the Arctic rather than the desert and stored fat on their back to help them survive polar conditions, researchers claim.
New fragments of leg bone discovered in the far north of Canada suggest that modern camels are descended from ancestors which lived within the Arctic Circle.
Thirty fossilised pieces of a lower leg bone belonging to a camel which lived 3.5 million years ago were found by researchers on Ellesmere Island, in Canada's High Arctic. The giant mammals would likely have measured up to 3.5m (11ft) in height and had one hump in which they stored fat to help them survive in the Arctic, at a time when the region was less cold than today and covered with forest, researchers said.
The evolutionary adaptation today allows camels to thrive in deserts because storing all their fat on their back helps them keep cool in extreme temperatures.
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Having worked there for a couple years, yes, the Arctic most certainly is a desert.
Isn’t the definition of a desert a region that doesn’t get a certain amount of rainfall in a year? Parts of the Arctic haven’t seen rain for decades.
My camel bumps
“The giant mammals would likely have measured up to 3.5m (11ft) in height and had one hump in which they stored fat to help them survive in the Arctic, at a time when the region was less cold than today and covered with forest, researchers said.”
“...less cold”?? Who writes this stuff? Why not just say warmer? Poor George Orwell would protest.
Let a creationist suggest what, exactly? The problem with creationists isn’t that they “suggest” anything; the problem is that they ignore all the evidence of evolutionary mechanisms and insist that the only explanation is a supernatural one.
if it wasn’t cold, then why the need for extra fat? adn if there WAS a need for extra fat, why put it all in one place, rather than all around? hmm???
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