“Peer reviewed science: Polar bears of the past survived warmth“: A University of Alaska article about a fossilized polar bear jawbone, called “Polar bears of the past survived warmth“, lets Anthony Watts show his sensitive tree-hugger side:
So next time you have somebody sniffling and tearing up over polar bears and sea ice, show them this research and hand them a Kleenex. Now, they can worry about the polar bears eating hippos in the future.
I guess he didn’t bother reading the article he’s waving around as surly proof:
“Refugia” are places that polar bears may survive without ice. The Svalbard Archipelago may have been one of those places. Biologists today think polar bears would have a difficult time living on land, because other species like the grizzly bear could outcompete them.
The warm period of the Eemian might have come at a time when the polar bear wasn’t such an ice specialist, Talbot says.
Is this what a denialist slam-dunk looks like? Anthony should stick to snickering over inaccurate polar bear illustrations created by graphic artists.
“Peer reviewed science: Polar bears of the past survived warmth” (WUWT,July15,2010)
Both this (Sandra Talbot, UAF) Press Release and the other (Charlotte Lindqvist, Penn State) Press Release (quoted in a Wottsupwiththat July15 comment) thought this 125,000 year old polar bear better able to survive a warm period than today’s more sea-ice-specialized polar bear.
Since it had only recently evolved from the brown bear, it wasn’t as far removed from a terrestial existence.
Speculating: still omniverous? able to hibernate? fast enough to outrun land animals? still able to live alongside grizzly bears? able to find a salmon run? Presumably all these summer time skills would still be needed, until it had evolved the ability to endure a long fast.