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SCI/TECH: New Dinosaurs Found in Antarctica

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posted on Feb, 26 2004 @ 04:56 PM
Finding fossils of a small carnivore and then a large herbivore in such a remote place, where very few fossil specimens have been found, offers exciting new clues regarding species development.

The new discoveries should certainly help scientists learn more about the now ice-covered continent and the species that lived there 70 million years ago, when it was a wet and warm place.


The 70 million-year-old fossils of the carnivore would have rested for millenniums at the bottom of an Antarctic sea, while remains of the 100-foot-long (30 meter) herbivore were found on the top of a mountain.

Scientists should be better able to determine how life was different in the isolated continent, by comparing with other world species that have been found previously. Just like the recent find of the Microraptor, a four-winged dinosaur found in China that has been hailed as "phenomenal" and strengthens the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs, these new findings in Antarctica might shed new light on the evolution process.

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