Islands of Antarctica

Dinosaur fossils have been discovered on two of Antarctica's islands. The bone fragments that have been collected from James Ross Island and Vega Island belong to the Late Cretaceous world. Imagine a woodland environment where a meat-eating dinosaur stalked its prey (or scavenged on the body of an already dead animal), scaring a herd of timid, ostrichlike hypsilophodonts that ran for their lives past a slow-moving ankylosaur. This was the Antarctica of about 80 million years ago. In recent years, teams of paleontologists have begun to reveal this lost world. In areas not covered by snow and ice, they scour the rocky terrain for evidence of dinosaurs.

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