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Paleoecology

Articles on Paleoecology are primarily concerned with past ecosystems, climates, and geographies in studying prehistoric life


Paleoecology Articles

Sudden Collapse In Ancient Biodiversity: Was Global Warming The Culprit?
Scientists have unearthed striking evidence for a sudden ancient collapse in plant biodiversity.

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Earth Under Global Cooling
Thirty-four-million years ago, Earth changed profoundly. What happened, and how were Earth's animals, plants, oceans, and climate affected?

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Ancient Climate Change: When Palm Trees Gave Way To Spruce Trees
For climatologists, part of the challenge in predicting the future is figuring out exactly what happened during previous periods of global climate change.

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Lessons From The Past: Research Examines How Past Communities Coped With Climate Change
Research led by the University of Leicester suggests people today and in future generations should look to the past in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Has The Mystery Of The Antarctic Ice Sheet Been Solved?
A team of scientists travelled to Africa to find new evidence of climate change which helps explain some of the mystery surrounding the appearance of the Antarctic ice sheet.

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Ancient Drought And Rapid Cooling Drastically Altered Climate
Two abrupt and drastic climate events, 700 years apart and more than 45 centuries ago, are teasing scientists who are now trying to use ancient records to predict future world climate.

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Plants Save The Earth From An Icy Doom
When glaciers advanced over much of the Earth's surface during the last ice age, what kept the planet from freezing over entirely?

Date: 21 Sep 2009, Rating: not rated

Climatic Chain Reaction Caused Runaway Greenhouse Effect 55 Million Years Ago
There are new findings regarding a phase of rapid global greenhouse warming that took place 55 million years ago.

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: not rated

Warming Climate Can Support Glacial Ice: It Did In Much Warmer Times
New research challenges the generally accepted belief that substantial ice sheets could not have existed on Earth during past super-warm climate events

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: 2.00

500 million years of errors: Brachiopod shells record shadow of arms race in ancient oceans
A study of fossils from the Paleozoic Era, collected across the world, reveals that ancient brachiopods were little bothered by predators

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: 2.00

Alligator egg development at prehistoric oxygen levels
The development of bone structures in alligator eggs raised under varying oxygen concentrations creates a link to fossil records of the evolution of vertebrates and prehistoric atmospheric oxygen concentrations

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: 5.00

Ancient global warming drove early primates' dispersal
The continent-hopping habits of early primates have long puzzled scientists

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: not rated

Volcanic blast likely killed and preserved juvenile fossil plesiosaur found in Antarctica
Amid 70-mile-an-hour winds and freezing Antarctic conditions, a research team has recovered the well-preserved fossil skeleton of a juvenile plesiosaur

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: not rated

Study shows largest North America climate change in 65 million years
The largest climate change in central North America since the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago...

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: not rated

Predicting Pleistocene climate from vegetation in North America
Climates at the Last Glacial Maximum have been inferred from fossil pollen assemblages, but these inferred climates are colder for eastern North America than those produced by climate simulations.

Date: 18 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Temporal response of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) to 3,000 years of climatic variation
Amphibians are sensitive indicators of environmental conditions and show measurable responses, such as changes in phenology, abundance and range limits to local changes in precipitation and temperature regimes.

Date: 17 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

An outer-ramp brachiopod assemblage from the uppermost San Juan Formation (middle Arenig), northern Argentine Precordillera: paleoecologic and biogeographic implications
The paper describes the brachiopod fauna recovered from the outer-ramp deposits developed at the top of the San Juan Formation in the Guandacol depocenter.

Date: 17 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

From Icehouse To Hothouse: Melting Ice And Rising Carbon Dioxide Caused Climate Shift
Three hundred million years ago, Earth's climate shifted dramatically from icehouse to hothouse, with major environmental consequences.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

Greenhouse Gas Effect Consistent Over 420 Million Years
New calculations show that sensitivity of Earth's climate to changes in the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has been consistent for the last 420 million years

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: 5.00

West African Ocean Sediment Core Links Monsoons To Global Climate Evolution
Monsoons, the life-giving, torrential rains of Asia and Africa, have an ancient, unsuspected connection to previous Ice Age climate cycles

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated