New fossil finds

The AP3 discovered dozens of fossils during our 2011 expedition, many of which have yet to be formally studied and published. This is because most of these specimens are preserved in extremely hard rock that takes technicians (known as fossil preparators) a great deal of time to safely remove. Only after the rock has been removed and the fossil is exposed may its scientific study be completed.

Visit PaleoLab—the on-exhibit fossil lab at Carnegie Museum of Natural History—to see some of the AP3’s Antarctic fossils being prepared before your very eyes!

Due to the ‘rules’ of scientific publishing, we can’t yet reveal much about some of our 2011 discoveries. If, however, they turn out to be what we think they are, they could be very important. We’ll share more news about these finds as soon as we can. In the meantime, a few of our other 2011 finds are shown below.

Cretaceous bird bones

Cretaceous bird bones
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Our 2011 expedition discovered numerous Cretaceous bird bones on Vega Island. Three of these are pictured here – from left, they are a shoulder bone, a vertebra, and a foot bone.