A look at the weirdest and most bizarre fossils ever found in Antarctica

It is a tale that has captivated the interest of paleontologists for decades, but the mystery of what was once on the Antarctic continent is now as much about its story as it is about its scientists.

“The story of what happened to these fossils is still being told and told in different ways,” says Peter Smithson, a paleontologist at the University of Oxford who has been studying the fossils for years.

In a series of experiments he and his colleagues have used high-speed imaging to look for signs of life, and they have identified several animals, including a type of worm, a species of sea slug, and a group of birds.

The birds, which are all related to the Antarctic species, have been named as Phoca fulva and Bissau sp.

“We’ve been able to reconstruct the animal’s life history in a way that we hadn’t been able before,” says Smithson.

These new discoveries suggest that the animals survived quite well on the seafloor, he says.

They also suggest that it was not the cold temperatures that caused the death of these animals, but rather a combination of factors, including water, oxygen, and nutrient pollution.

This is in contrast to previous studies, which suggested that some species of fish were more likely to die in the presence of the sea.

“What we’ve done is show that there’s no clear-cut cause of death,” says David McBride, a palaeontologist who has studied the fossils at the Australian National University and the Smithsonian Institution.

“They’re all very different.”

The researchers believe that the sea was not only a toxic place, but also a breeding ground for animals that could survive the extreme conditions of the Antarctic ice.

These include small sea turtles, which have no teeth, but can reach lengths of up to two metres.

These creatures were also the first of their kind to be found in the Antarctic, and were probably present at the same time as other marine animals, says Smithsons co-author Dr. Philip Tett.

“These tiny creatures are the first to be discovered in Antarctica,” he says, “and they’ve been very successful in surviving on the ice.”

Smithsson says that the new results suggest that this is a “very important finding”, and that “it’s really important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that these animals are part of this complex ecosystem.”

He adds that the team is now trying to figure out what the ancient animals ate.

They are also interested in how the animals grew, and whether they were able to survive on land.

“There’s a lot of questions that we have to answer about how the ancient marine animals were able survive on the sea floor,” says McBride.

The scientists hope to find more of the animals in the future.

This story is based on a feature article originally published on National Geographic.