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Massive prehistoric camel roamed Arctic

By Owen Weldon     Mar 5, 2013 in Science
Ancient, mummified camel bones were dug up from the tundra, and it is confirmed that animals developed in subfreezing forests that is now Canada's High Arctic.
According to Fox, about 3.5 million years ago Strathcona Fiord, located on Ellesmere Island's west-central coast, looked more like a northern forest than an Arctic landscape.
Natalia Rybczynski, a paleobotanist of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, said that Strathcona Fiord was larch-dominated with lots of wetlands. She also said that the nearby fossil sites showed evidence of ancient bears, badgers, horses, deer and even frogs, and the average yearly temperature was about 32 Fahrenheit.
According to Yahoo, this discovery took six years to come to light, and it took three different expeditions to the same patch of tundra. That is where more than two dozen fragments of bone were collected. It took scientists three years to figure out what animal the fragments belonged to.
According to National Post, camels originated in North America around 45 million years ago and before dying off, they spent a lot of their evolution on the continent.
Camel bones have been unearthed over the years in the Yukon and Alaska, but this finding is significant because it is the first evidence of a High Arctic camel.
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