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2012/03/12 Sturdy Scandinavian conifers survived Ice Age

Until now, it was presumed that the last glacial period denuded the Scandinavian landscape of trees until a gradual return of milder weather began and melted away the ice cover some 9000 years ago. That perspective is now disproved by Dr Yoshihisa Suyama (Laboratory of Forest Ecology) and his colleagues headed by Professor Eske Willerslev from University of Copenhagen, Laura Parducci from Uppsala University and Inger Greve Alsos from Tromsø University Museum. Their research teams show that some Scandinavian conifers survived the inhospitable ice age climate likely for several thousands of years. The results have been published in “Science” in March 2012.

Glacial Survival of Boreal Trees in Northern Scandinavia Laura Parducci, et al.
Science 335, 1083-1086 (2012); DOI: 10.1126/science.1216043