Study shows Antarctica was tropical
Balmy tropical temperatures and frost-sensitive vegetation prevailed on the coast of Antarctica 52 million years ago, according to a study of drill cores from under the seafloor off the coast of Antarctica.
Scientists studying pollen and micro-fossils from under the seafloor near Wilkes Land have confirmed that tropical vegetation such as shown here on the Queensland coast thrived in coastal Antarctica 52 million years ago.
Tropical vegetation, similar to what can be seen on the Queensland coast today, was growing in the area now known as Wilkes... [via Sciencealert]
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