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Palm trees in Antarctica…

August 2, 2012

Scientists drilling deep into the edge of modern Antarctica have pulled up proof that palm trees once grew there.

Analyses of pollen and spores and the remains of tiny creatures have given a climatic picture of the early Eocene period, about 53 million years ago.

The study in Nature suggests Antarctic winter temperatures exceeded 10C, while summers may have reached 25C.

Read the full article by Jason Palmer at

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  1. August 2, 2012 10:08:35 pm

    And Bombacaceae!

    • August 2, 2012 10:08:04 pm

      Yes, all very interesting. If they had more detailed information it would be interesting to recreate the ancient forests of antarctica in a region of the world with a similar climate today.

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