Scientific research affirmed that 6 foot tall ancient species of bird was roaming around the earth many million years ago. According to the recent research, this species was weighted many hundred pounds and was extremely amiable in nature. This huge creature was first spotted by Chinese Academy of science in Beijing and the University of Colorado Boulder. The research team named the bird as Gastornis. The evidence of the fossil of six foot tall and heavy bird was spotted at Ellesmere Island above the Arctic Circle.
Professor Jaylyn Eberle of geological sciences stated that “We knew there were a few bird fossils from up there, but we also knew they were extremely rare,” He further added that another scientist reported seeing a fossil footprint there, probably from a large flightless bird, although its specific location remains unknown, since Ellesmere Island is high above the Arctic Circle, the lights still went out there for several months of the year, just as they do today.
Scientists still are doubtful whether Presbyornis lived on Ellesmere Island whole year. Eberle explained that despite holding a rich diversity of plants and animals, Ellesmere Island winters were dark and cold. “Since Ellesmere Island is high above the Arctic Circle, the lights still went out there for several months of the year, just as they do today,” Eberle said.
According to the research, during the early Eocene Epoch, the environment of Ellesmere Island was identical to cypress swamps from southeast U.S. Ellesmere Island is considered as one of the coldest and driest place on earth. Temperature even sinks down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
According to Eberle “Permanent Arctic ice, which has been around for millennia, is on track to disappear,” Eberle further stated that “I’m not suggesting there will be a return of alligators and giant tortoises to Ellesmere Island any time soon “Since Ellesmere Island is high above the Arctic Circle, the lights still went out there for several months of the year, just as they do today,” This study warns us about the side effects of rapid warming due to increase of greenhouse gases.