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  • n. Plural form of subfossil.


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  • Dated subfossils (partially fossilized organisms) show that the pine treeline in northwestern Finnish Lapland retreated a distance of at most 70 km during this cooling, but that the shift was less pronounced in more easterly parts of Lapland [96].

    Arctic climate variability prior to 100 years BP

  • Also treelines are rising in the 20th century; presumably higher trees growing at lower temperatures will have narrower widths; these higher trees are not sampled in 20th century collections but are sampled from MWP subfossils.

    Jacoby and D'Arrigo Archive Data! « Climate Audit

  • In Alberta and the Alps, you can get 5000-year old subfossils being exhumed in modern jokulhaups – contexts where it is proven that there was tree growth upslope of where the subfossils were found more recent than 5000 years.

    Green Alps #1 « Climate Audit

  • Even that sizable list gives only a hint of lemur diversity throughout time, since the subfossils are mainly quite recent, representing species that survived until just one or two thousand years ago.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The remnants of these vanished birds in the form of subfossils ancient bones, not yet petrified and fossils suggest wide variation on the basic model: enormously tall moas of the genus Dinornis, smaller but thick-legged moas of the genus Pachyornis, medium-sized moas of the genus Bury apteryx, pygmy moas of the genus Anomalopteryx.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • So for a bird known only from a handful of subfossils, the sternum can be an eloquent datum, revealing at a glance whether the species was capable of flight.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Were people responsible for the extinction of Madagascar’s subfossils, and how will we ever know?

    Western Indian Ocean Islands and biodiversity

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