The Japan Times, January 8, 1998
Canadian Tundra once forested, full of wildlife
OTTAWA (UPI-Kyodo) Canadian scientists have uncovered evidence of boreal forests on Ellesmere Island, in the Arctic Ocean, containing such animals as beavers, black bears and horses two to five million years ago.
Dr. Richard Harrington, of the Canadian Museum of Nature, says he led a team that excavated the fossils of a small beaver and the three-toed horse, the precursor of the modern horse, at a site on Ellesmere Island.
Ellesmere, now a barren tundra, is Canada's northernmost island in the Arctic Ocean, close to the northern tip of Greenland, aith the 80th parallel running across its middle.
Harrington, who heads the Department of Paleontology at the Canadian Museum of Nature, says he and his team have been digging at the site over the past six summers.