Antarctica Was a Rainforest During the Times of Dinosaurs, New Study
Antarctic Beech at Comboyne NSW, Australia. Some speculate that the dissemination of the Antarctic beeches dates to the time when Antarctica, Australia, and South America were connected. Poyt448, Peter Woodard, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

A team of scientists drilled into the ground near the South Pole to discover forest and fossils from the Cretaceous nearly 90 million years ago, which is the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, as the BBC reported.

The frozen continent was once home to a swampy rainforest and had average temperatures around 53 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the new study published in the journal Nature. The world than was much warmer and sea levels were 550 feet higher than they are now, according to Newsweek.


Jordan Davidson
Jordan Davidson

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