Fossil fragments of a forest that existed in Antarctica 260 million years ago offer 'a glimpse of life before the mass extinction’



It may now be covered in ice, but millions of years ago, Antarctica was covered in lush polar forests of hardy trees, a new study has revealed.  
Around 260 million years ago this prehistoric forest stretched across the entirety of Gondwana - the super-continent that spanned the whole of the Southern Hemisphere, researchers have found. 
The forest would have been made of a mixture of super-resilient mosses, ferns and extinct woody plants called Glossopteris that could survive polar extremes of perpetual light and total darkness. 
It existed during the Permian Period, and gives researchers a... read more

 
14 November 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 44
Source: Daily Mail
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