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Rare Antarctic Fossils Reveal Extinction of Tundra Before Full Polar Climate Arrived
August 5, 2008
An unusual and amazing discovery of fossilized plants and insects in an ice-free region of Antarctica reveals the last traces of tundra before a dramatic and abrupt cooling some 14 million years ago. An international team, led by earth scientist Robert Marchant of Boston University, documented the magnitude and the timing of the climate change. Their research suggests that climate conditions over a considerable portion of Antarctica seem impervious to moderate global warming.
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