An Estimate of the Early Tertiary Paleoclimate of the Southern Arctic

  • B. H. Tiffney
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 27)


The early Tertiary southern Arctic was an important biogeographic exchange route between the Old and New Worlds. A variant of the nearest living relative method of paleoclimatic estimation suggests that the mean temperature of the coldest month of the Eocene southern Arctic was about 10 °C, with the possibility of limited frost. The mean annual range of temperature was probably low, and moisture availability may have been limited in the cool season.


Mean Annual Temperature Early Tertiary Canadian Arctic Archipelago High Generic Diversity High Generic Density 
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  • B. H. Tiffney
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  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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