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What is a paleoclimate?

What is a paleoclimate? Here are some definitions.

  1. (geology) The climate of the Earth at a specified point in geologic time
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However, paleoclimate scientists have also made some approximations of global temperatures further back in time.
Climate changes associated with the supercontinent of Pangea and with its eventual breakup and dispersal provide an example of the effect of plate tectonics on paleoclimate.
Thus paleoclimate observations from the west coast of Canada are of both regional and continental importance.
The contradiction between the paleofauna and the uniformitarian paleoclimate is so great that one wonders why scientists do not question the uniformitarian paradigm.
Professor Ian Plimer, geologist and paleoclimate expert, University of Adelaide.
Thus, the hypothesized paleoclimate of the two fossil localities fits well within the range in which both insect and mite wood borers are found today.

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