71 million year old fossil remains discovered in freezing cold conditions of Antarctica.
A team of international researchers have made a remarkable achievement in the field of paleontology. They have unearthed heaps of fossil remains in Antarctica dating back to the dinosaur era, but not before dwelling in the harsh conditions of the region.
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The team of researchers were eager to learn more about the Antarctic dinosaur so they had to travel to the deep freeze of Antarctic Peninsula and walk through Drake Passage, a body of water that connects the southwestern part of Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of Pacific Ocean.
“Crossing of Drake Passage can be kind of rough – some of the biggest seas in the world occur in the area – so most of us just bunkered down for the time we were crossing it.” Dr Steve Salisbury, one of the 12 researchers who were involved in the expedition that lasted from February through March said in a statement.
Researchers not only dealt with freezing cold conditions but they had to walk across uneven and unstable snowy terrain for several days. Nevertheless, the efforts finally paid off.
“It was so great to finally get there and have a full blown expedition. It’s very hard place to work, but it’s even harder place to get to.” Salisbury said.
Given the fact that researchers were looking at shallow marine rocks, majority of the fossils that have been discovered were of those lived in the oceans. They also found the remains of lizard-like marine reptiles such plesiosaurs and mosasaurs which were also featured in the latest installment of Jurassic Park series.
“We found a lot of really great fossils,” Dr Salisbury said. “The rocks that we were focusing on come from the end of the age of dinosaurs, so most of them are between 71 million and 67 million years old.”
The discovery required lot of geological mapping, measuring the thickness of all rocks and information about environments to paint a detailed picture of the environments at the time when those creatures actually existed.
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The fossils will be shipped to Carnegie Museum of Natural History for detail analysis and It will take a year or so before researchers can present exciting details to the public.