Antarctica – Dinosaur-Era Fossils That Date Back as Much as 71-Million Years Recently Discovered

A big fossil discovery has just recently been made by an international team in Antartica. They have unearthed a haul of remains that date back between 67-million and 71-million-years-old. Steve Salisbury of the University of Queensland School Of Biological Sciences states the following in a press release: “We found a lot of really great fossils. The rocks that we’re focusing on come from the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.”

Antarctica - Dinosaur-Era Fossils That Date Back as Much as 71-Million Years Recently Discovered

An International Team of Researchers Unearths Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica

Salisbury is just one of 12 scientists who have found the collection of dinosaur fossils in Antarctica. They have traveled to the James Ross Island in a research trip which had lasted from February through the month of March. The National Science Foundation and the United States Antarctic Program funded the research. Salisbury was also part of a research team that included scientists from the United States, Australia, and South Africa.

Since it is a given that the Antarctica research team were looking at shallow marine rocks, most of the dinosaur fossils that they have found were of ancient ocean-dwelling animals. Salisbury said, “We did find a lot of marine reptile remains, so things like plesiosaurs and mosasaurs — a type of marine lizard made famous by the recent film ‘JurassicWorld.’”

Aside from the marine-based fossils that they have unearthed, the team also found a few dinosaur remains as well. They aim to publish their findings in a separate release in the future. At the time of writing, the fossils can be found in Chile. However, these will soon be shipped to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for further research.

Salisbury explains and stresses that a lot of the larger bones that were found will need more prep-work prior to more research to be conducted on them. He also added that it might even be “a year or two” before the final results of the studies will be released.

The research team had to travel using multiple modes of transportation just to get to their destination. The team needed to fly first to South America and then reach the Antarctic peninsula by ship. Then, they used helicopters and inflatable boats to ultimately reach their destination.

Salisbury states their adventures with regards to their travel to Antarctica in the following statement: “Crossing the Drake Passage can be kind of rough — some of the biggest seas in the world occur in that area — so most of us just bunkered down for the time we were crossing it. I’ve tried to get to Antarctica to do this research several times before, but sea ice has prevented us from making land.”

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