When Antarctica Was Green

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  • Published: 04 October 2019
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    Before the start of the Eocene Epoch about 56 million years ago--Antarctica was still joined to both Australia and South America. And it turns out that a lot of what we recognize about the southern hemisphere can be traced back to that time when Antarctica was green.

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    Thanks to Ceri Thomas for the Notiolofos and Antarctodon illustrations! Check out more of Ceri's paleoart at alphynix.tumblr.com

    And thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the Antarctodolops illustrations. You can find more of their work here: 252mya.com/julio-lacerda

    And thanks to John Long for allowing us to use of images of Devonian plants from his paper with S. McLoughlin: cambridge.org/core/journals/geological-magazine/article/new-records-of-devonian-plants-from-southern-victoria-land-antarctica/012522677CB38AC05C9F457CF287BA41

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  • rose smith
    rose smith  7 hours back

    I just read that if all the ice in green land melted the land would rebound about 2000 feet.I wonder how much anartica would reboundif the ice melted off of it? it has over a mile high ice sheet on it, (not counting the other ice in the the waters around it) I wonder how much a mile high ice sheet on anartica weighs compared to the land it sits on?

    • Ross
      Ross  11 hours back

      Science! i love it.

      • myUserName
        myUserName  14 hours back

        AnTartica!!! Not AntArtica

        • Selena Cruz
          Selena Cruz  19 hours back

          I get terrible grades and I dislike school strongly but I enjoy watching videos like these because I learn so much. I should be doing my homework but I'd much rather watch this lol

          • teresa duffy
            teresa duffy  21 hours back

            Every time this chick says ANT articka I think she's.gonna mention her uncle next. Go back and listen..
            I know its not a big deal, but every.single time she says it it grows larger and more painful in my.brain!
            Cannot make it thru this whole thing

            • scrubby Bard
              scrubby Bard  2 days back

              Ant Artica

              • Exotic Ants
                Exotic Ants  2 days back

                How did Antarctica get penguins and leopard seals then?

                • R N Jesus
                  R N Jesus  2 days back

                  WEST ANTARCTICA?? There should only be central and northern Antarctica.

                  • kfm908
                    kfm908  2 days back

                    You are being fooled.Research it .Governments won't let people go there Antarctica has warm locations on it today with several kinds of animals.Byrd saw them!

                    • videonaj
                      videonaj  2 days back

                      But but global warming will destroy the earth... hang on, the world didn't blow up when the Antarctic was warm...

                      • olenraks
                        olenraks  2 days back

                        I blame prehistoric humans and their CO emissions for this.

                        • Whose Money
                          Whose Money  3 days back

                          How scientists gathered all of this information is absolutely incredible

                          • Trip Derham
                            Trip Derham  3 days back

                            I've never even heard of Antartica

                            • ILIEKDIN0SAURS
                              ILIEKDIN0SAURS  3 days back

                              So were there people 50 million years a go to cause that global warming, or what?

                              • GarGarComedy
                                GarGarComedy  24 hours back

                                5 to 8 degrees over 250000 yrs she said: humans will achieve this in couple hundred.

                            • Lumberjack king the great

                              They didn't even mention the peinquins

                              • Lumberjack king the great

                                They didn't even mention the peinquins

                                • Richard Vazquez
                                  Richard Vazquez  3 days back

                                  Lost me with that metric system

                                  • Markus Nävergård
                                    Markus Nävergård  3 days back

                                    and before the eocene, dinosaurs roamed Antartica

                                    • Christian Pauchet
                                      Christian Pauchet  3 days back

                                      Just imagine the fossil record Antartica must have underneath all that ice... well... we'll soon find out the way things are changing.

                                      • jonathan silvestre
                                        jonathan silvestre  4 days back

                                        How about the science bahind Mariah Carey's vocals? 😍

                                        • Justin Bannister
                                          Justin Bannister  4 days back

                                          informative! love the tattoo as well!

                                          • Tony Hankins
                                            Tony Hankins  4 days back

                                            See the earth heats and freezes with or without us. its all apart of the plan.

                                            • Tony Hankins
                                              Tony Hankins  23 hours back

                                              @GarGarComedy yes my point is we are not the main reason the earth is heating up. that's not me saying we shouldn't take care of the earth.

                                            • GarGarComedy
                                              GarGarComedy  24 hours back

                                              It's defo heating with us. And getting far more polluted with plastic, Air pollution etc

                                          • Jack
                                            Jack  4 days back

                                            You forgot about Elder Things and Shoggoths...

                                            • Moemuggy
                                              Moemuggy  5 days back

                                              Earth broke away from Saturn's orbit, then expanded to nearly its present size. Then Along Came Venus, and knocked Earth off its axis by 23 1/2 degrees. It wasn't long ago Antarctica was Ice free. We know this because of the piri Reis map among others.

                                              • John Dough
                                                John Dough  5 days back

                                                Antarctica froze because their automobile industry failed and they couldn’t maintain the earth’s warm global temperature.

                                                • coal james
                                                  coal james  5 days back

                                                  Why is Zealandia shown as the same size as newzealand is now?, back then it was a huge continent separate from Australia and not underwater.

                                                  • Erik Hasler
                                                    Erik Hasler  6 days back

                                                    What does "Western Antarctica" mean?

                                                    • Jana Dixon
                                                      Jana Dixon  6 days back

                                                      250 mya the earth was 1/3 the size and all continents were joined together prior to the final asteroid hit that cracked the crust enough for the earth to grow and the oceans to expand. See Neil Adam's growing earth theory on youtube.

                                                      • Adventure stateofmind
                                                        Adventure stateofmind  1 weeks back

                                                        damn that global warming thing...

                                                        • The Great Green Bus - Skoolie Life

                                                          Lol...why all the cartoons? Cartoons + actors with "just so stories" = Science 🤣

                                                          • Jose Gutierrez
                                                            Jose Gutierrez  1 weeks back

                                                            lets makes Antarctica green again

                                                            • William Grosbach
                                                              William Grosbach  1 weeks back

                                                              What's this Antartica the narrator's talking about?

                                                            • Ponch On the 1s and 2s
                                                              Ponch On the 1s and 2s  1 weeks back

                                                              Not to say that global warming is not real cause it is and we’re not helping it but again it’s obvious that the earth has its own agenda way before humans created power plants and the like .

                                                              • KingCosworth
                                                                KingCosworth  1 weeks back

                                                                Remind me again how a 1deg change will destroy the planet???

                                                                • simar chauhan
                                                                  simar chauhan  1 weeks back

                                                                  So when Antarctica becomes green after the glaciers melt, it can become green again and people can settle there?

                                                                • Kody Tiffany
                                                                  Kody Tiffany  1 weeks back

                                                                  First I heard of that wicked Current. Man I feel stupid now; I always thought that Antarctica was just that cold due to location since the North Ice cap is a thing I thought that it was a place with nearly no land mass below the ice.
                                                                  Lack of Metropolises makes it somewhere I would not want to explore, so never looked into it.
                                                                  I mean I think of Australia as a beautiful death trap, and I still want to explore it more than Antarctica despite me hating the heat/poison/bugs there... never really heard of any bad for the peoples living there at least.
                                                                  I may prefer the cold... but endless white expanse and/or claustrophobic housing makes Antarctica unappealing though.

                                                                  • Almost Contrary
                                                                    Almost Contrary  1 weeks back

                                                                    Great educational video

                                                                    • Dick Dick
                                                                      Dick Dick  1 weeks back

                                                                      Lots of fancy words in this video. I like it.

                                                                      • MachineThatCreates
                                                                        MachineThatCreates  2 weeks back

                                                                        Wow.... you learn something new every day. I always thought Gandwanaland came via SE Asia and the Aboriginals with it. Now it appears that isn't so which means they came from.... Antarctica??🌴

                                                                        • Eduardo Santa Cruz
                                                                          Eduardo Santa Cruz  2 weeks back

                                                                          Imagine dating this girl, how many things you can talk with her for hours!

                                                                          • Diego The Realezt
                                                                            Diego The Realezt  2 weeks back

                                                                            It’s almost 2020 and they still haven’t found Megtron below antartica. Smh! I’m so disappointed.

                                                                            • peter papadimitriou
                                                                              peter papadimitriou  2 weeks back

                                                                              Interesting video

                                                                              • youtube joseph wm
                                                                                youtube joseph wm  2 weeks back

                                                                                Antarctica doesn’t have land mammals today but it did in the past and could in the future again

                                                                                • Jerry Sumner
                                                                                  Jerry Sumner  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Excellent! Totally fascinated with Yellowstone.

                                                                                  • Richard Jafrate
                                                                                    Richard Jafrate  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Failed to mention that more CO2 dissolves in cold water than in warm water and also that changes in CO2 levels lag temperature changes by a half millennium or so.

                                                                                    • mike dar
                                                                                      mike dar  2 weeks back

                                                                                      If people lived for a million years, they would now be screaming 'Tectonic Plate Change'''''', '''we have to move everything because humans are affecting Tectonic Plates!!!!!!!!'.

                                                                                      • dren %
                                                                                        dren %  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Antarctica has been part of China since ancient times

                                                                                        • Masooma Batista
                                                                                          Masooma Batista  2 weeks back

                                                                                          You never disappoint. You keep this mind blown.