Arctic Camel Found

Posted on March 10, 2013 in Amazing Facts, Darwin and Evolution, Fossils, Mammals

Fossils from a large species of camel living in Canada’s high arctic contain soft tissue.

What’s an iconic desert creature doing in the freezing wastes of the north?  The BBC News reported the discovery of 30 fragments of camel leg bones found on Ellesmere Island.  Some of them had collagen, even though dated in the evolutionary scheme at 3.5 million years old.  Evolutionists date the earliest camels at 45 million years old, but were astonished to find specimens this far north.

The ancient camels would have had to cope with long and harsh winters, with temperatures plunging well below freezing. There would have been snow storms and months of perpetual darkness.

The camels appear to have been 30% larger than modern camels.  The article says they probably had shaggier coats.  Their splayed feet, researchers surmise, would have been just as adapted to walk on snow as on sand, and their large eyes just as useful for arctic low-light conditions as for modern desert habitats.

Researchers claimed the collagen shows the fossil camel was a “direct ancestor of modern camels.”  Mike Buckley (U of Mancester) said the fragments provide “new insight into the evolution of this animal.

If this is evolution, it’s backwards.  The fossil camels were larger and more adaptive to more habitats.  Nothing was stated about half-camels.  Did they just “appear” on the scene fully evolved?  This is another example not of Darwinian progress, but modern impoverishment from a richer, more diverse biosphere in the past.  Ignore the millions-of-years dates; they’re plot elements of the Darwinian story, not facts of nature.

 

2 Comments

Donald Holliday March 10, 2013

Aspects of the story seem to contradict what Hope Jahren, Sternberg and others have said in the past about their being not only no snow in the Arctic, but that temps never got below 14 celsius– Am I missing something ? Or is this simply a competing ideologue forging ahead attempting to make a unique mark in his own historical place among those creating the best loved fables ?

Naturally they ASSUME the creature had long shaggy hair given the location. But in all their attempts at explanation, they never consider the Arctic as a different place devoid of snow and ice. It’s almost inconceivable to believe otherwise that the Earth could have had a historical period where all biodiverse life was at it’s perfect peak at one time and ended suddenly through a great catastrophe.

Still despite the fairytales done based on a mere handful of bone fragments, it’s a fascinating find.

lux113 March 10, 2013

This is another example not of Darwinian progress, but modern impoverishment from a richer, more diverse biosphere in the past”

As always, you beat me to the punch. For the Biblically literate.. this is going to be a bit of a rehash.. sorry about that -

Dinosaurs, they’ve found, couldn’t live today. Gravity is too strong and the atmosphere is too weak. So what is their explanation? They have none. Some think it was simply that the climate was more rich due to a greater amount of forested area.. but that’s still not sufficient.

During the time of the dinosaurs it appears everything was bigger.. because the earth had a thin canopy of water above us — it turned the entire earth into one big Eden. That canopy burst and the flood occurred — and water rushed out from the ground from what are now the empty caverns you find today (come up with a better explanation for the sheer number of empty tunnels through our earth). Once the canopy was gone this temperate wonderland from pole to pole subsided. The dinosaurs could not exist in the climate that came about after this point. There is also no better explanation for a global extinction (far better than the ridiculous asteroid theories they throw about). It also explains why we find camels as well as so many other climactic anomalies in this world, the science journals are full of animals living in areas they just couldn’t survive in.. and they have to come up with all sorts of theories on why they were able to live in such a “harsh environment”.

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