Frosty fossil forage to Antarctica a roaring success

28 April 2016
Helicoptering out a partial plesiosaur skeleton off Sandwich Bluff. (Salisbury)

UQ School of Biological Sciences researcher Dr Steve Salisbury was one of 12 scientists who travelled to the James Ross Island area in an expedition spanning February and March as part of the Antarctica Peninsula Paleontology Project (AP3)

“We found a lot of really great fossils,” Dr Salisbury said.

“The rocks that we were focusing on come from the end of the Age of Dinosaurs, so most of them are between 71 million and 67 million years old.

“They were all shallow marine rocks, so the majority of things we found lived in the ocean.

“We did find a lot of marine reptile remains, so things like plesiosaurs and mosasaurs – a type of marine lizard made famous by the recent film Jurassic World.”

The team found a few dinosaur remains too, which they hope to publish on in the future.

read the full UQ News story here

watch the ABC Catalyst story about this expedition