Ever thought that there would be a thriving rainforest on a continent like Antarctica? Well, we didn’t too, but scientists have now found evidence suggesting that.

According to new research published in the journal Nature, a group of researchers found evidence that approximately 90 million years ago, Antarctica was home to an ancient, swampy rainforest teeming with diverse animal and plant life.

The group found a surprisingly well-preserved network of roots in a sediment core collected near Pine Island Glacier, reported Live Science.

But we don’t have to leave everything to the imagination because we have visuals of what it might have looked as well.  Take a look at how the rainforest would have looked:



“During the initial shipboard assessments, the unusual coloration of the sediment layer quickly caught our attention. It clearly differed from the layers above it,” lead author Dr. Johann Klages, a geologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, said in a press release.

Researchers also managed to find excellent quality soil that was so well-preserved that it still contained traces of pollen, spores and remnants of flowering plants. Even intact individual cell structures were observed