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Fossils of Antarctica

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By: Corben Wiley, Meg Demny, Wesley Johnson, and Reed Jackson
Fossils of Antarctica
The first fossils were reptiles called plesiosaurs. They were found on Seymour Island in 1982.
What was the first dinosaur fossil found in Antarctica? Where and when was it found?
what was the first fossil found on vega island in
1986?
What are the two reasons the fossil found on Vega Island is of particular importance to understanding the climate and location of Antarctica millions of years ago?
What were the first fossils found in Antarctica ? When and where the found ?
It was the ankylosaur and was found in James Ross island in 1986
A hadrosaur
They were about 20 feet tall and ate plants so that means that there were plants on the island at one point.
the fist dinosaour fossil and he fossil on vega island in 1986 were representive of what time period?
The cretaceous,about 146 million years ago
What dinosaur fossil was found in the Transantarctic Mountains in the summer of 1990-1991? During what geologic time period did this dinosaur live?
a Cryolophosaurus
Besides the fossils already discussed, name the other fossil animals that have been found in Antarctica.
a hypsilophodontid, iguanodontid, plateosaurid, mosasaurs, a pterosaur, various sauropods,
Why have so few dinosaur fossils been found in Antarctica?
because 98 percent of the continent is covered year-round by ice.
Ernest Shackleton reported seeing coal beds within 200 miles of the South Pole.
Coal is made up of dead plants which means the Antarctica used to be warmer, because it once supported trees, grasses and bushes
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