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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A ton of the remains of dinosaurs and ancient birds discovered in Antarctica

During the expedition in Antarctica, an international team of researchers found more than a ton of dinosaur bones, some of which inhabited the Earth 71 million years ago. Also, experts have discovered well-preserved remains who lived in the distant past birds.

photo: morguefile.com

Twelve researchers from Australia, USA and South Africa noted that the number of other fossils by the expedition, they managed to find the remains of ancient marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs and masonary. Among birds, a curious discovery was the remains of ancient ducks, who lived in the late Cretaceous period, according to abc.net.

Experts say that during their study, they divided a large plot on the Antarctic Peninsula sector with an area of 50 by 100 meters, and then systematically examined each of these sectors, “looking under every rock”. The Antarctic Peninsula has interested scientists because of the warm time of year on its surface you can see the cliffs that literally caught the time of the dinosaurs. Also, the experts visited the Islands of James Ross and VEGA island.

According to paleontologists, the way to Antarctica and work in the rocky terrain at very low temperatures has proved difficult for professionals adventure. However, earlier the route, which they passed, it would be impossible — the way was blocked by too much sea ice, experts say.

As stressed by the head of research, Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland, many findings are surprisingly well preserved considering their age. The fossils will be sent to the Museum of natural history, Carnegie Pennsylvania. In their study, according to experts, it will take many years.

The researchers expressed hope that their success will inspire other professionals to enhance the “hunting for fossils”.

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