Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Prehistory Of The Arctic

This large bone is a mere small section of a bowhead whale's skeleton. Among the Inuit of the Arctic, hunting whales is permitted and part of the culture.

Here we have the polar bear, the mighty giant of the far north.

Moving on, this area begins to look at the Arctic as it was, from millions of years ago to more recent thousands of years ago, with panels and specimens of ancient life, such as puijila darwini.

This is the High Arctic Camel.

Here we have the skull of a mammoth.

Panels look at animals that are long since extinct but once roamed the far north.

Here we have for comparison the same bone of two different species, the contemporary beaver and the giant beaver.

While indigenous peoples were in the far north for thousands of years, in more recent centuries others from the outside began making their way into the area. We'll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. The term pre-history always seems like an odd expression to me.

  2. Although we know about past climate changes, it is still surprising to contemplate it anew.

  3. ...just thinking about the arctic makes me cold.

  4. Polar ears come ashore every spring in Newfoundland, from the ice along the coast. I met a man who had a goat which was his polar bear alarm. The goat went crazy if a bear was in the area, alerting the family to the danger.

  5. There have been amazing changes there through the centuries.

  6. That polar bear looks enormous!

  7. @David: it can be.

    @Jan: I agree.

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Tom: very cold.

    @Marie: quite handy.

    @RedPat: that's true.

    @Jeanie: it is.

  8. The polar bear is quite an impressive creature.

  9. Amazing history and great post ~ thanks ^_^

    Moment by moment ....

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I smiled at Toms comment and agree with him!
    Just thinking about the arctic makes me feel cold to!

    All the best Jan

  11. I like the skeletons. It really is interesting.

  12. Hey! Good to see you're still among the living. Your package is en route.