Antarctic Fossils

23 Mar 2010

Daily Galaxy, March 22nd (see www.dailygalaxy.com ) ... a team working in an ice free region of high mountains and dry valleys in the Olympus Range in Antarctica last summer discovered a rare trove of perfectly preserved fossils of mosses, diatoms, and astrocods - life forms usually associated with tundra conditions such as exist today on South Georgia. The climate switched from tundra to a deep freeze suddenly, it goes on. A climate cooling of 8 degrees is remarkable and geologists estimate it took some 200,000 years - which is actually quite quick in uniformitarian terms. One might suspect it was in fact much more rapid than that as the fossils were 'perfectly' preserved - instantaneous might be an alternative interpretation. Does that imply a pole shift at 14 million years ago?