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An international research team just made a big fossil discovery in Antarctica, unearthing a haul of remains that date between 67 million and 71 million years old.

“We found a lot of really great fossils,” Steve Salisbury, of the University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences, said in a press release. “The rocks the were focusing on come from the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.”

Salisbury was one of 12 scientists who traveled to the James Ross Island area in a research trip that lasted from February through March. The research was funded through the National Science Foundation and the United States Antarctic Program. Salisbury was part of a research team that included scientists from the U.S., South Africa and Australia.

Given that they were looking at shallow marine rocks, most of the fossils they found were of ancient ocean-dwelling animals.

“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 ‘JurassicWorld,’” he added.

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A member of the research team holds one of their finds in Antarctica.

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The team also found a few dinosaur remains as well. They hope to publish those findings separately in the future.

Right now, the fossils are in Chile, but will soon be shipped to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for further…



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