When Antarctica Was Green

  • 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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Comments • 1 625

  • Whose Money
    Whose Money  1 hours back

    How scientists gathered all of this information is absolutely incredible

    • Trip Derham
      Trip Derham  4 hours back

      I've never even heard of Antartica

        ILIEKDIN0SAURS  5 hours back

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

        • 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  6 hours back

              Lost me with that metric system

              • Markus Nävergård
                Markus Nävergård  12 hours back

                and before the eocene, dinosaurs roamed Antartica

                • Christian Pauchet
                  Christian Pauchet  17 hours 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  1 days back

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

                    • Justin Bannister
                      Justin Bannister  1 days back

                      informative! love the tattoo as well!

                      • Tony Hankins
                        Tony Hankins  1 days back

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

                        • Jack
                          Jack  1 days back

                          You forgot about Elder Things and Shoggoths...

                          • Moemuggy
                            Moemuggy  2 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  2 days back

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

                              • coal james
                                coal james  3 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  3 days back

                                  What does "Western Antarctica" mean?

                                  • Jana Dixon
                                    Jana Dixon  3 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  4 days 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  5 days back

                                          lets makes Antarctica green again

                                          • William Grosbach
                                            William Grosbach  5 days back

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

                                            • Ponch On the 1s and 2s

                                              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  6 days back

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

                                                • simar chauhan
                                                  simar chauhan  6 days back

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

                                                • Kody Tiffany
                                                  Kody Tiffany  6 days 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  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                          • Diego The Realezt
                                                            Diego The Realezt  1 weeks back

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

                                                            • peter papadimitriou
                                                              peter papadimitriou  1 weeks back

                                                              Interesting video

                                                              • youtube joseph wm
                                                                youtube joseph wm  1 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  1 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.

                                                                          • Emilia Barc
                                                                            Emilia Barc  2 weeks back

                                                                            Thank you for the amazing content and great presentation !! <3

                                                                            • Stan Garone
                                                                              Stan Garone  2 weeks back

                                                                              Why would someone downvote this?

                                                                              • Brian D
                                                                                Brian D  2 weeks back

                                                                                I can't imagine myself as a person that could "thumbs down" this video.

                                                                                • qiana glaze
                                                                                  qiana glaze  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Ya know people count on truth so try telling it. It's obvious Antarctica was once at the equator.... Or how about this our equator was different before it is as we know it.

                                                                                  • Lemon Lover
                                                                                    Lemon Lover  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Doesn't this girl think her job is important enough to dress better and do her hair . She reminds me of someone going to the grocery store.

                                                                                    • Hannah Rachel
                                                                                      Hannah Rachel  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Triggered that New Zealand was only on (from what my extremely tired brain remembers) world maps 🙄

                                                                                      • Josh S
                                                                                        Josh S  2 weeks back

                                                                                        hey steve!

                                                                                        • Mr T
                                                                                          Mr T  2 weeks back

                                                                                          The Eastern seaboard of Antarctica has vast petrified Beech forests.

                                                                                          • Valeria Paz
                                                                                            Valeria Paz  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Woah mind blowing

                                                                                            • TheCaptainsArse
                                                                                              TheCaptainsArse  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I thought a wallaby was a kangaroo?

                                                                                              • blaire wilson
                                                                                                blaire wilson  3 weeks back

                                                                                                Amazing 😉