This video from the Museums Florida Fossils exhibit describes the Oligocene 34 million to 24 million years ago. Global climates became cooler during the Oligocene causing sea levels to drop. At least the northern portion of the Florida platform once abundant with tropical marine habitats was now land. Early immigrants to the Florida peninsula included amphibians reptiles bats shrews and rabbits. Also predators tracked dwarf horses and the strange hoofed mammals oreodonts and chalicotheres onto this new land. In the ocean huge sharks plied the depths while several kinds of sea cows were abundant near shore. Produced directed and filmed for the Florida Museum of Natural History by Wes C. Skiles/Karst Productions Inc.
TeacherTube Science | June 13, 2012