Arctic Camel Found
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.