Back in 2012 study results were published in the journal Nature et al regarding discoveries made by the Senckenberg Research Institute & Natural History Museum. That study concluded that the continent was once home to tropical palm trees and Baobab trees and other tropical vegetation during an intense warming period 52 mya.
This discovery came as a surprise to mainstream scientists and perhaps even a a bit of a shock as such an environment is a far cry from what we see today in Antarctica. The study took core samples obtained from the seafloor near Antarctica. The results showed warm ocean currents and hich CO2 levels increased temps allowing for the growth of the tropical vegetation.
The assumed CO2 level 52 mya is not enough to account for such a tropical envionment in Antarctica so researchers postulated that there was also a transfer of heat by warm ocean currents that reached the continent at that time. Of course, this is under the assumption that Antarctica was in the same position it is in today WHICH I HIGHLY DOUBT! Maybe the continent was located closer to the equator at that time 52 mya.
When the warm water currents collapsed and were replaced by cooler ocean currents the tropical vegetation including the palm trees disappeared, say researchers. The cores taken contained fossil pollen and spores known to originate on the Antarctica coastal regions. They used these to reconstruct the climate of 52 mya which they say on the continent ranged from tropical to sub-tropical. Temps were apparently warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit during that time and the interior of the continent supported temperate rainforests with southern beech and araucaria trees similar to those found in New Zealand today. Soil samples taken from along the coastline also support the finds of these researchers.
Continents as we see them today were NOT always in the place we find them today AND the superontinent Pangaea existed more than once in various forms so this is not surprising at all. Further, the planet’s climates have not always been what they are today either. This study is fantastic in my mind because it is scientific support for what some of us have long suspected anyway, that is, that Antarctica once had a tropical or subtropical climate!! Now if you go to the Fox News link below you’ll understand why I just can’t help but notice the pick of what appears to be an ice covered pyramid in Antarctica!! Could be a ice covered mountain but it sure does look like an Egyptian-style pyramid covered in snow and ice to me.