Climate Change in Paleontology


Pictured here is the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s excavations in Nakuru, Kenya. Hyrax Hill is the location of several Neolithic settlement sites, and while it is now located about two miles from Lake Nakuru, Hyrax Hill was at one time a peninsula that jutted into the North end of the lake. The stone circles in the photo above are located on what was ancient beachfront that now sits approximately 100 meters higher than today’s waterfront. To find out more about Hyrax Hill, click here.

Don’t forget about Otzi, The Iceman, who was discovered in 1991 in a melting glacier in the Italian Alps. He died over 5,000 years ago and his body became trapped in accumulating snow and ice, and preserved ever since. here

And new research is showing that climate change also had great influence in the decimation of marine life, and not simply land-dwelling mammals like wooly mammoths. here and here

Another example comes from Chile, high up in the Andes mountains. Whale fossils have been excavated at altitudes higher than 5,000 feet in elevation. These fossils are evidence of ancient ocean that once covered this region.