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Antarctic Prehistory

  1. Nov 22, 2003 #1
    Does anyone think there is a possibility of the Antarctic continent
    having once been occupied by mankind and that beneath the ice are stone structures similar to what is seen in Central and south America and in the middle east?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 23, 2003 #2
    Almost certainly not.

    There has been life on Antarctica but you have to go back many, many millions of years (long before anything resembling man appeared) to find it.
  4. Nov 23, 2003 #3
    Thanks Phil
    Are you implying that
    1. The Antarctic continent has been iced up for millions of years
    2. That the Antarctic continent was geographically in a different position to have actually supported life of any kind.

    personally I like number 2.

    The Antartic continent may have been at a different geographical position as close as 15000 (fifteen Thousand) years.
  5. Nov 24, 2003 #4
    Well lets say that the East Antarctic Ice sheet is probably about 500,000 - 1,000,000 years old, dated at Vostok. The west Antarctic Ice Sheet has not been dated accurately but it seems to have been ice free very recently:

    http://www.discover.com/issues/nov-98/departments/willantarcticame1536/ [Broken]

    So I would not exclude it completely that hominids have strolled around in the past.
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  6. Nov 25, 2003 #5
    Antartica was certainly at a different position in the past to support more warm suited life (it actually supports life of many kinds now, btw), there pleny of fossils to prove that, in addition to a mountain of other evidence. But it happened much longer than 15,000 years ago.
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