Camels in the Arctic

An artist’s impression of the Arctic camel

Julius Csotonyi, Canadian Museum of Nature

Remains of camels have been found on Canada’s northernmost Ellesmere Island, located within the Arctic circle adjacent to Greenland.  These skeletons have been dated back to the Pliocene geological epoch of 3.5 million years ago–an era that saw a global atmospheric carbon concentration of about 400 parts per million (ppm), which is the level the current world has just surpassed.

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