The penguin and the palm tree

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iol scitech dec 28 Antarctica AP On the return trip Liautaud bored into the hostile terrain and took 6.5-foot-deep (2 meter) samples that he hopes will help scientists answer questions about global warming.

London - Have you heard the one about the penguin perched in the palm tree?

Well, it turns out the idea is not so far-fetched. Scientists drilling into Antarctica have found proof the trees once grew there, when winter temperatures were a balmy 10c.

An international marine group dropped a drill off the continent’s eastern coast which revealed unusual types of sediment - including pollen from palm trees. Dr James Bendle, of the University of Glasgow, and his team used the evidence to create a climatic picture of the early Eocene period - about 53 million years ago.

The results will be used to estimate future climate changes. But it’s best not to pack your case yet - it will be millions of years, if ever, before Antarctica becomes a summer holiday hotspot again. - Daily Mail

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