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Shells of Snails Could Give Information about Ancient Climate: Study

Researchers from the University of York in the last week of January 2013 revealed that the snails could help in predicting ancient weather conditions.

Feb 1, 2013 12:31 IST
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Researchers from the University of York in the last week of January 2013 revealed that the snails could help in predicting the weather conditions which existed thousands of years ago. The researchers described that a lot of information could be extracted about weather conditions that were there 1000s of years ago, through the snails.

In their study, the researchers studied the chemistry behind shells of snail which dated back to 9000 to 2500 years ago, which were recovered from the Mediterranean caves. The study was conducted by looking at the different phases in past.

A team of researchers which was led by Andre Carlo Colonese from York's department of Archaeology believed that the land snails held plethora of information about not just the palaeoclimatic conditions but also the human behaviour.

Andre Carlo Colonese described that when the research on snails was put together from various sites such as Italy and Spain, a large scale regional picture of the weather conditions that existed over western Mediterranean area could be produced.

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