Antarctica was once covered in towering polar forests

Around 260 million years ago this prehistoric forest stretched across the entirety of Gondwana - the super-continent that spanned the whole of the Southern Hemisphere.

It may now be covered in ice, but millions of years ago, Antarctica was covered in lush polar forests of hardy trees, a new study has revealed.  Around 260 million years ago this prehistoric forest stretched across the entirety of Gondwana - the super-continent that spanned the whole of the Southern Hemisphere, researchers have found. The forest would have been made of a mixture of super-resilient mosses, ferns and extinct woody plants called Glossopteris that could survive polar extremes of ...