Past Research Project

Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature


Rybczynski. Devon Island. 2008. Discovery of the brain case of Puijila.

About 55 million years ago, Earth was extremely warm—so much so that alligators could live in the High Arctic. Since that time, the planet has been generally cooling, culminating with the onset of the Ice Age, about 3 million years ago. This research focuses on terrestrial fossil deposits from the Neogene (~23 to ~3 million years ago) of the High Arctic. Our efforts are uncovering the evolutionary history of vertebrate lineages using fossil and modern evidence. Through our many collaborations, we incorporate a wide range of expertise to answer questions related to ecosystem, landscape and climate change in the High Arctic.

Principal investigator: Natalia Rybczynski.

Additional Resources

Press release—March 5, 2013: Remains of Extinct Giant Camel Discovered in High Arctic by Canadian Museum of Nature

Polar Continental Shelf Program

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Dalhousie Geochronology Centre

Mary Dawson, Carnegie Museum of Natural History