Glossopteris Discovered in West Antarctica

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Science  30 Apr 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3670, pp. 634-637
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3670.634


Leaf impressions from the Polarstar Formation in the northern Ellsworth Mountains are the first Glossopteris and the oldest identifiable plant fossils reported from West Antarctica. Their occurrence in a thick, probably marine, geosynclinal sequence in close association with coals and probable glacial deposits increases the similarity between the late Paleozoic history of Antarctica and the other southern continents.