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March 21, 2018

Fossils and geologic data recovered from Antarctica (Image 2)

The Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project fieldcamp along Seymour and Vega islands, where prehistoric fossils have been discovered. [Image 2 of 3 related images. See Image 3.]

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Researchers with the Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project (AP3) made camp on Seymour and Vega islands in the Antarctic Peninsula region, a crucial area for fossils. The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), funds the activities of and logistically supports AP3, which conducted expeditions to Antarctica in 2009, 2011 and 2016. Led by paleontologists, the AP3 team also comprises geologists, anatomists, ecologists and biologists. The group is focused on unearthing fossils from dinosaurs that lived between 100 and 40 million years ago, what scientists refer to as the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, a period that marks the end of the age of dinosaurs and the rise of mammals.

Learn more about the AP3 project in the Antarctic Sun news story Scientists recover an abundance of fossils and geologic data from Antarctica. Or read the American Museum of Natural History news story Finding Fossils in an Antarctic Summer. (Date image taken: February 2016; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 21, 2018)

Credit: Photo by J. Meng, American Museum of Natural History

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