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A look at Antarctica’s fossilized forests

The BBC has posted an interesting article about the ancient forests that once covered Antarctica.

One of her most amazing fossil discoveries to date was made in the Transantarctic Mountains, not far from where Scott made his own finds.

She recalled: “We were high up on glaciated peaks when we found a sedimentary layer packed full of fragile leaves and twigs.”
These fossils proved to be remains of stunted bushes of beech. At only three to five million years old, they were some of the last plants to have lived on the continent before the deep freeze set in.

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Story: Howard Falcon-Lang, BBC | Photo: Jane Francis

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