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  1. #1 Giant camel fossil found in the Arctic 
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    Sorry, if the section is wrong, but I didn't find a better one.

    Canadian paleontologists have discovered the fossilised remains of a giant camel that lived in the Arctic some 3.5 million years ago, when the area was a boreal forest during an epoch of global warming.

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    Cool, and not actually that surprising, given the presence of crocodylians on Ellesmere and the alpine habitat of the llama branch of the family.


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    Cool find. Has my vote for best title of the year.
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    indeed - not that surprising
    after all, bactrian camels are at times exposed to pretty severe weather + if you want to live in even colder climes, then it pays to be bigger than the current camels
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    Excellent find but someone explain this to me:

    "This is a completely new way of thinking about the traits that we see in camels today," Rybczynski said.

    And that is because, she believes, some specializations seen in modern camels, such as their wide flat feet, large eyes and humps for fat may show they may once have been "northern forest specialists", with these adaptations derived from living in a polar environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmythesaint View Post
    Excellent find but someone explain this to me:

    "This is a completely new way of thinking about the traits that we see in camels today," Rybczynski said.

    And that is because, she believes, some specializations seen in modern camels, such as their wide flat feet, large eyes and humps for fat may show they may once have been "northern forest specialists", with these adaptations derived from living in a polar environment.
    Giant Arctic camel's fossil found - Sci/Tech - DNA
    What would you like explained? :-)

    From what i guess, the general idea would be that the fat storage would be an adaptation for long periods of twilight during the winter months and the wide feet would make walking on large amounts of loam and snow easier.
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    Thank you for the reply. It seemed strange to me that the same adaptations could apply to two quite different biomes.
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    Interesting. Very interesting to me thanks for the post. I admit I haven't pondered camels much and it may be slightly narrow minded but I had only thought of them as desert type dwellers.
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