I grew curious after watching a presentation about the large creatures of prehistoric times. One of the theories cited about why creatures were so big was the increased oxygen in the atmosphere due to there being no ice caps which meant more available surface area for O2 emitting plant life and the large amount of available landmass for creatures to roam freely. This felt like what could be be historical hand-waving so I'm here looking for facts.
Modern climatologists scientists argue that rising temperatures and melting ice caps risk submerging land masses from the displacement of frozen ice. This is based upon the fact that the volume of water is greater than that of ice.
I did some googling around and saw that most prehistoric representations of Earth and renditions of Pangaea try to squish the shape of our existing continents together but do not address the increase in ocean volume, I assume for illustrative purposes or other simplification. I'm not arguing whether the continents fit together as depicted but rather how much of it existed above the surface of the ocean.
I know that the movements of tectonic plates can also affect what parts of land are underwater by coastal regions shifting lower and those inland shifting higher with the formation of mountains. Water erosion would also play a factor somewhere in all of this in addition to tectonics but only to a point of equilibrium with sea level.
It's interesting to consider that we have found and continue to find historical locations which have since become completely submerged. So it may be safe to assume that the oceans have been already been rising naturally for hundreds of years prior to the industrial revolution through other environmental factors.
Is there a definitive source of study on the subject of the percentage of landmass above sea level across history with relation to ambient temperature and the presence of ice caps?
I'm just a hobbyist who enjoys science and history and have no relevant expertise in this area nit this little idea has had be tickled with anticipation all morning. I would love to learn out more. :)