Friday, March 6, 2015   |   4,175 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Extinct giant camels once roamed the Arctic


Posted on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
Fossil fragments belonging to a giant extinct camel species have been unearthed on Ellesmere island.

The ancestors of today's camels, the animals would have stood up to a third taller than their modern counterparts and are believed to have roamed the forests of the High Arctic over three million years ago. Temperatures were thought to have been warmer than they are today and in winter the region would have been plunged in to darkness for more than six months at a time.

"This is the first evidence of camels in the High Arctic," said researcher Mike Buckley. "This ancestor of modern camels may already have had some of the adaptations that helped it survive in harsh climates - the hump for fat storage for instance."

"Remnants of the oversized ungulate, 30 pieces in all, were recovered from a steep, sandy slope at Fyles Leaf Bed on Ellesmere island, the most northern and mountainous of the Canadian Arctic archipelago."

  View: Full article |  Source: Guardian Unlimited

  Discuss: View comments (10)

   


 


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by wolfknight on 5 March, 2013, 20:14
Is was all desert at 1 time
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin on 6 March, 2013, 12:33
Apparently not: "The sediments around the fossils date to at least 3.4m years old, when the region was much warmer than today and dominated by larch forests. Temperatures hovered a few degrees below zero, and winters plunged the region into six months of darkness."
Comment icon #3 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 6 March, 2013, 15:40
Hoping the find more remains of this giant camel in the future and information on camel evolution.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ancient astronaut on 6 March, 2013, 18:35
cool.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker on 6 March, 2013, 19:41
Article said it still would have been Dark for much of the year. Perhaps the camels had a hump to make it through the Dark times?
Comment icon #6 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 6 March, 2013, 19:49
I had to read the topic title twice. I first read it as: Fossilised giant *camel t0e* found in Arctic
Comment icon #7 Posted by HuntrSThompsun on 6 March, 2013, 23:42
Taun tauns!
Comment icon #8 Posted by CrimsonKing on 6 March, 2013, 23:50
Comment icon #9 Posted by Taun on 7 March, 2013, 16:51
Nope... Not mine... it would have had antlers...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Geldoblam on 30 March, 2013, 10:55
That is very cool.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
Earliest human ancestor unearthed in Ethiopia
Posted 3-5-2015 | 11 comments
The discovery has pushed back the emergence of the earliest humans by up to 400,000 years....
 
Did dogs help us outsmart the Neanderthals ?
Posted 3-4-2015 | 7 comments
The early domestication of wolves by modern humans may have tipped the balance in our favor....
 
New species of ichthyosaur identified
Posted 2-22-2015 | 4 comments
The fossil of a previously unknown species of prehistoric aquatic reptile has been found at a museum....
 
Huge prehistoric guinea pig was 1.5m tall
Posted 2-4-2015 | 14 comments
The world's largest ever rodent was so big that it used its front teeth like tusks to defend itself....
 
Long-necked 'dragon' dinosaur discovered
Posted 1-30-2015 | 9 comments
Palaeontologists have uncovered the fossil remains of a dinosaur that looked a bit like a dragon....
 
Asteroid firestorm didn't kill the dinosaurs
Posted 1-24-2015 | 15 comments
Scientists believe that a long winter, not an inferno, was most likely to blame for their extinction....
 
Pre-dinosaur crocodile relative unearthed
Posted 1-22-2015 | 6 comments
Palaeontologists have discovered the remains of a carnivorous reptile dating back 240 million years....
 
DNA extracted from extinct giant kangaroo
Posted 1-17-2015 | 5 comments
Scientists have been able to extract the DNA from two extinct behemoths that lived 45,000 years ago....
 
Were Neanderthals our intellectual equals ?
Posted 1-15-2015 | 35 comments
Scientists now believe that Neanderthals were no less advanced that their modern human counterparts....
 
Prehistoric marine reptile found in Scotland
Posted 1-12-2015 | 18 comments
The fossilized remains of a large dolphin-like creature have been found on the Isle of Skye....
 
America's first horned dinosaur discovered
Posted 12-13-2014 | 6 comments
Palaeontologists have identified a rabbit-sized horned dinosaur that was a relative of Triceratops....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ