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Press Release 08-134

Antarctic Fossils Paint a Picture of a Much Warmer Continent

Insects, ferns flourished, then flickered out millions of years ago as the tundra retreated

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Sketches of fossils.

Examples of fossils found in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Credit: Zina Deretsky/National Science Foundation


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David Marchant discusses the surprising discovery of near "museum-condition" fossils in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Credit: Video: Boston University/National Science Foundation
Studio background stills: Peter West, National Science Foundation
Illustration: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

 

Photo of earth scientist David Marchant being interviewed in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

David Marchant is interviewed in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Credit: NSF photo


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