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People, climate, and water played a role in the extinction of Australia’s megafauna

For the first time, the research suggests a combination of climate change and the impact of people sealed the fate of megafauna, at least in south-eastern Australia. And that distribution of freshwater — a precious commodity for animals and people … Continue reading

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Climate models and geology reveal new insights into the East Asian monsoon

A team of scientists have used climate models and geological records to better understand changes in the East Asian monsoon over long geologic time scales. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Tale of two climate crises gives clues to the present

Figuring out what lies ahead for our species and our planet is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks for climate scientists. While models are very useful, there is nothing quite like Earth’s history to reveal details about how … Continue reading

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Study of ancient climate suggests future warming could accelerate

The rate at which the planet warms in response to the ongoing buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas could increase in the future, according to new simulations of a comparable warm period more than 50 million years ago. Paleontology News … Continue reading

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Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate

The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area’s climate during the Cretaceous period, a time when the earth was dominated by dinosaurs. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient plankton help researchers predict near-future climate

Temperature data inferred from plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to today’s, allowed a team to rectify discrepancies between climate models and other proxy temperature measurements. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Ancient Saharan seaway shows how Earth’s climate and creatures can undergo extreme change

A new paper integrates 20 years of research by a diverse scientific team and describes the ancient Trans-Saharan Seaway of Africa that existed 50 to 100 million years ago in the region of the current Sahara Desert. The study is … Continue reading

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Crocs’ climate clock: Ancient distribution of Crocs could reveal more about past climates

Underneath their tough exteriors, some crocodilians have a sensitive side that scientists could use to shine light on our ancient climate. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Past climate change pushed birds from the northern hemisphere to the tropics

Researchers have shown how millions of years of climate change affected the range and habitat of modern birds, suggesting that many groups of tropical birds may be relatively recent arrivals in their equatorial homes. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Climate, grasses and teeth: The evolution of South America mammals

Atmospheric circulation changes about 6 million years ago dried the South American climate and fueled the expansion of grasslands and grass-eating mammals, according to new research. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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