Yesterday I posted about a study suggesting 52 mya Antarctica had palm trees and other tropical and sub-tropical vegetation (see link below). Turning now to the other side there is also a study that concluded that the Arctic (North Pole) had palm trees and even crocodiles 52 mya!
It’s estimated that between 52-56 mya which is within the early Eocene period, palm trees grew as far north as Alaska and crocs swam in the Arctic. So taking an average we can say about 55 mya both the Arctic and Antarctica both had tropical and sub-tropical climates which is a far cry from the climates they have today!
Again, as in the study I posted about yesterday regarding Antarctica, core samples were also taken from the seabed of the Arctic Ocean floor and results of 3 studies were all published in the journal “Nature” in 2006.
In the Arctic at this time it’s believed the average temp was about 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Now like I said in yesterday’s post these researchers are assuming both Antarctica and the Arctic were in the same positions they are today 52 mya which I personally highly DOUBT! Continue Reading