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22. Have they have found fossils in Antarctica?

Jamier,

Great Question!  With a long answer. 

The simple answer is YES they have found fossils in Antarctica, including many dinosaur species.  I cannot list all of the fossils they have found and where they were found.  But I can provide some good links for you about Antarctic fossil research:

Link to Science Article with picture of “freeze dried” moss from 14 million years ago! http://www.icepeople.com/downloads/Science_magazine_article.pdf

The above info is explored further through this link, which includes a great video interview with a fossil scientist about fossils and climate change:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_images.jsp?cntn_id=111913&org=OPP

A new species of dinosaur was discovered in Antarctica in 2003.  Here is a link to the PIs website.  Check out the 2003 photos of them excavating the fossils:  http://www.antarcticvp.com/research.html

And turtle fossils found last month! http://www.livescience.com/animals/ancient-turtle-eocene-antarctica-101019.html

nsf.gov – National Science Foundation (NSF) News – New Dinosaur Finds in Antarctica Paint Fuller Picture of Past Ecosystem – US National Science Foundation (NSF).

Pictures and descriptions of antarctic marine fossils:  http://www.oceansofkansas.com/antartic.html

Biology News: Rare reptile fossil found in Antarctica.

Have fun exploring the world of fossils in Antarctica.  I learned a lot as I put together this post.

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