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    Thawing Arctic hillsides are major climate change contributors

    August 12, 2022

    Thawing Arctic hillsides release a significant amount of organic carbon that has been locked in frozen ground for thousands of years but which now can contribute to an already warming climate, according to new research.
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  • A woman sits behind a table covered with fossil bones. Shelves behind and around her hold plastic storage tubs and more specimens. A few antlers and skulls hang on a wall.

    Secrets of an ancient horse of the Yukon

    August 12, 2022

    In the lab of Yukon government paleontologists are the remains of saber-toothed cats, bears with boxy faces that stood 8 feet tall, woolly mammoths and sloths the size of gorillas. Of all these time-hardened riches of the past, Elizabeth Hall has a cherished piece -- the fragment of a horse's foreleg that fits in the palm of her hand.
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