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Fossils prove that giant camels once roamed the Arctic
LiveScience ^ | Mar 05 2013 | By Tanya Lewis

Posted on 11/01/2013 7:33:08 AM PDT by Phillyred


High Arctic camels, like those shown in this illustration, lived on Ellesmere Island during the Pliocene warm period about 3.5 million years ago. (Image: Julius Csotonyi) Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic.

The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed in March 5 in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that modern camels stemmed from giant relatives that lived in a forested Arctic that was somewhat warmer than today.

"It's the first evidence that camels were ever there," lead study author and paleobiologist Natalia Rybczynski of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa told LiveScience."It is surprising because usually we associate camels with arid and semi-arid habitats."

Camels, which belong to the Camelus genus, originated in North America during the Eocene period about 45 million years ago, and later crossed to Eurasia over the Bering Isthmus, a landbridge between Alaska and Russia. Their closest relatives are llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos.[See Images of the Arctic Camel and Fossils]

The researchers found about 30 pieces of bone that were part of a camel's tibia, or shinbone. The fossil's location moves the known range of North American camels northward by about 745 miles (1,200 kilometers).

The camel's identity and age were determined via collagen fingerprinting, a technique that measures the amount of a bone protein called Type I collagen. Different mammals have characteristic amounts of this protein, which survives longer than many other biological molecules in the body.

The team dated the fossil to roughly 3.5 million years ago, a period known as the mid-Pliocene warm period. The global temperature was about 3.5 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 3 degrees Celsius) warmer than today, Rybczynski said, and about 33 degrees F (18 degrees C) warmer where the camel was found, with temperatures averaging around 30 degrees F (minus 1.4 degree C). The Canadian High Arctic was forested then.

The fossil specimen closely resembles modern dromedary camels, based on the fingerprinting, but was about a third larger in size. It also bears similarity to the giant Yukon camels that lived about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) away from the site where the ancient camel bones were discovered.

The researchers plan to continue searching for camel remains in the High Arctic. "We hope to find more," Rybczynski said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: arctic; camel; camels; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; higharcticcamels; paleontology
If we only had Al Gore back then!
1 posted on 11/01/2013 7:33:08 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

This must be our signal that if we can lick global warming, we’ll get Sharia law like we all want. I knew there was a tie-in.

Just shoot me now.


2 posted on 11/01/2013 7:34:30 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Phillyred

Of course, if there was a worldwide flood, carcasses would have been “debri’d” everywhere...


3 posted on 11/01/2013 7:36:49 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Phillyred

Was there Arab cavemen who would set themselves on fire then run into a crowd of normal cavemen and shout “Allah Flintstones!”?


4 posted on 11/01/2013 7:38:49 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Phillyred

So it was not a desert until muzzies moved in.


5 posted on 11/01/2013 7:39:12 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Phillyred

I’m sure you’ve heard the statement which is true as well as witty,
That a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.

Alan Sherman


6 posted on 11/01/2013 7:39:48 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Phillyred

They became extinct on a Wednesday.


7 posted on 11/01/2013 7:43:37 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Phillyred

“High Arctic camels”

Must have all gone down to Seattle first to smoke some.


8 posted on 11/01/2013 7:44:11 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Phillyred

The existence of giant camels also proves that ARABS invented the stepladder!


9 posted on 11/01/2013 7:44:16 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: Phillyred

They were fingerprinting camels? Those stinkin’ camels was out robbing banks again! Camels.....criminals of the animal world.


10 posted on 11/01/2013 7:48:35 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Phillyred

WHAT.....! camels caused global warming.....!


11 posted on 11/01/2013 7:49:24 AM PDT by BFM (CLINTON is and always will be a rapist. Never forget!)
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To: Colofornian

If.


12 posted on 11/01/2013 7:52:17 AM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: Phillyred

That’s nothing.

We’ve got giant slugs roaming the White House, walking vermin roaming the houses of congress, and hurl spewing amoeba inhabiting MSM studios.


13 posted on 11/01/2013 7:56:13 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Colofornian

If.


14 posted on 11/01/2013 7:57:09 AM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: blueunicorn6

I’d walk a mile for a Camel...


15 posted on 11/01/2013 7:58:08 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Phillyred

Move the Arab terrorists up there. They will enjoy the supersized camels and will be too far away to threaten Christians , Jews, hindus. Blacks, Chinese, philipinos, or anyone else any more. .


16 posted on 11/01/2013 8:14:19 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Colofornian

If there really was a worldwide flood,
what would we find?

Millions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth.

Too bad we don’t see evidence like that... :=)


17 posted on 11/01/2013 8:16:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Phillyred

(sigh!) so much camle-phobia on display here...;-)


18 posted on 11/01/2013 9:06:55 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Revolting cat!
Picture proof positive!


19 posted on 11/01/2013 9:57:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Thanks Phillyred.

20 posted on 11/01/2013 2:25:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Phillyred
Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike! Guess what day it is?

Comeon, guess!

Say it!

They probably sent him to Elsemere to get rid of him!

21 posted on 11/01/2013 4:19:12 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Resolute Conservative

Moslems do tend to convert productive arable land into semi desert with their sheep herding.


22 posted on 11/01/2013 7:01:01 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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To: blueunicorn6

menthol methinks


23 posted on 11/01/2013 8:54:19 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Phillyred

Must have made for some super sized camel toe.


24 posted on 11/04/2013 8:33:40 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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