A group of 12 scientists from the US, Australia and South Africa have discovered more than 1 ton of dinosaur fossils in transit to the remote island of James Ross in Antarctica.
It is known that these fossils have been underground since the end of the dinosaur period. Even some fossils date back to 71 million years, including many marine reptiles.
Part of the dinosaur fossil found.
"We found fossils of species like plesiosaurs and mosasaurs - a kind of famous sea lizard in the latest Jurassic Park movie , " Dr. Steve Salisbury (University of Queensland), who joined the expedition for know.
Species plesiosaurs.(Photo: Wikicommons).
Species mosasaurs.(Photo: Dmitry Bogdanov).
Dr. Salisbury and his team also found fossils of birds including primitive ducks that lived in the late Cretaceous period.
To find this huge number of fossils, explorers had to go to James Ross Island , where ancient rocks remained intact after millions of years and were not covered by ice during the summer. These rocks are mainly in shallow waters and the fossil numbers are also mostly found in water.
Scientists have to travel a long way to reach the island of James Ross.
There are ancient rocks that are not covered by snow during the summer.
Currently, these fossils are being stored in Chile and will be transported to the Carnegie Natural History Museum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) for scientists to continue research. In the next 1 or 2 years, the results of this fossil study will be published.