There was a time when animal and green life was present in the valleys of Antarctica which are now barren and does not have any sign of life on them. This was revealed by the scientists doing research work on that frozen continent. They recovered remains of life from that land.
These researchers further said that the fields we see now were tundra lands fourteen million years ago. Just as we see some regions of Alaska, Canada and Siberia. These areas were cold but were supporting the life.
Geoscientist Adam Lewis and his fellow-researchers found the remains of moss on a valley floor. All of them belong to North Dakota State University. They were doing study on ice cover of the continent.
After the reports came out of this discovery, a telephonic interview was taken from Lewis. He said that the moss was dried and frozen. He said that its condition was dissimilar to the fossils. Normally in fossils we see that minerals replace the soft materials. The moss tissues were present in their original form.
Lewis said that it is the best thing about this finding that all the details are present as they were, even after the 14 million years. The tissues were actually plant tissues.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published that report on its Tuesdays’ edition.
The researchers say that when we see to the wet-based glaciers, proglacial lakes, tundra plant life and the remains of the insects we conclude that 14 million years ago the climate of the western Olympus range was warmer and wetter as compared to todays. This thing also helps them in better understanding the climate system of Earth.