Paleontologists return from Antarctic expedition with about 200 fossils
Ross MacPhee and his field parties have been blinded by snowstorms, nearly blown off an island by hurricane-force winds, and stymied by pack ice in the pursuit of Cretaceous-age fossils from Antarctica.
Third time’s a charm? Try the fourth.
“We did quite well,” MacPhee said of his most recent expedition to a series of islands off the Antarctic Peninsula where he and fellow paleontologists recovered a couple hundred fossils of marine reptiles, birds, fishes, plants and even a few tantalizing fragments from what appears to be two different dinosaurs.
But the big prize — Cretaceous mammalian fossils that could bolster theories about vertebrate dispersal through the southern hemisphere — still eluded him. Read more
Carnegie Museums’ chief dinosaur hunter leads the charge in a race to reveal the secrets of one of Earth’s last great frontiers.
By Julie Hannon
Departing from southern Chile on a sunny day in February, Matt Lamanna boards a 230-foot research vessel bound for the frozen end of the Earth. Although the distance between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula (the prong of Antarctica that juts north toward South America) is less than that from Pittsburgh to Chicago, the voyage took four days, the ship inching slowly across the Drake Passage, the roughest stretch of water in the world. Read more
We of the Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project are pleased to launch our new website, just in time for our next expedition to Antarctica (which will run from February 1 to March 24, 2016). Check out the site to learn more about us, our project, and our discoveries to date, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have comments or questions! Also, please follow us on Twitter and read our blog for the latest project news, including field updates from Antarctica and more.
Only 24 days and counting until the Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project (AP3) 2016 expedition begins! Keep checking in with us as we prepare for our journey!