Researchers have discovered a 280 myr (million years old) fossil forest in Antarctica! It’s believed that lush plants once grew on the continent 400-14 mya as they also did in the Arctic. Antarctica was not always the land of ice and snow we see today but it once had a very different climate that was conducive to plant growth. Fossils of some of the plants and trees have been found by researchers and apparently the forest was extensive.
The prehistoric climate of Antarctica was once warm but scientists believe plants growing in the forest had to endure 24 hour days of darkness in winters and days in summer when the sun never set as it still does today. I might add, that is ASSUMING Antarctica was at the bottom of our planet as it is today which may or may NOT be the case! Continue Reading