Palm trees thrived in Antarctica 52M years ago
Scientists studying pollen and micro-fossils from under the seafloor near Wilkes Land have confirmed that tropical vegetation such as shown here on the Queensland coast thrived in coastal Antarctica 52 million years ago.
Tropical vegetation, similar to what can be seen on the Queensland coast today, was growing in the area now known as Wilkes Land due south of Australia, the study has shown. And summer temperatures in coastal Antarctica ranged between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius.
The finding, published in the science journal, Nature, confirmed what earlier studies had indicated – that Antarctica would have been an ideal summer playground.
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