The Antarctic Peninsula is the only region on the continent which exposes Jurassic to Miocene strata, allowing a keyhole view into the evolution of Antarctic biota and ecosystems. It is the only place to understand the crucial biogeographic role of Antarctica during the faunal turnover at the K/T (K/Pg) mass extinction.
The Antarctic Peninsula is also important as the dispersal corridor between South America and Australia. It is also the place to find more information about Antarctic biodiversity and paleoecology before, during, and after the dramatic Late Eocene cooling.
The goal of this project is to explore Jurassic, Late Cretaceous to Eocene, and Miocene deposits for fossils, with a focus on vertebrates.
During the SWEDARP 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2014/15 expeditions and the GANOVEX IX 2015/16 expedition we collected thousands of vertebrate fossils as well as invertebrates and plants. As a result, the Swedish Museum of Natural History today houses one of the largest collections of Antarctic fossils. There have been several new scientific results based on this material:
Marcelo Reguero, Museo de La Plata, Argentina
Jürgen Kriwet, University Vienna, Austria
Benjamin Bomfleur, University of Münster, Germany
Piotr Jadwiszczak, University of Bialystok
Javier Gelfo, Museo de La Plata, Argentina
Cathrin Pfaff, University Vienna, Austria
Ari Iglesias, University of Bariloche, Argentina
Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche, Museo de La Plata, Argentina
Francisco Goin, Museo de La Plata, Argentina
Thomas Tütken, University of Mainz, Germany
Urszula Hara, Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute, Poland
Buono, M.R., Fernandez, M.S., Reguero, M.A., Marenssi, S.A., Santillana, S.N. & Mörs, T. (2016): Eocene basilosaurid whales from the La Meseta Formation, Marambio (Seymour) Island, Antarctica. Ameghiniana, 53 (3): 296-315.
Gelfo, J.N., Mörs, T., Lorente, M., Lopez, G.M. & Reguero, M. (2015): The oldest mammals from Antarctica, early Eocene of La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island. Palaeontology, 58 (1): 101-110. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12121
Schwarzhans, W., Mörs, T., Engelbrecht, A., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. (2016): Before the freeze: Otoliths from the Eocene of Seymour Island, Antarctica, reveal dominance of gadiform fishes (Teleostei). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
Engelbrecht, A., Mörs, T., Reguero, M. & Kriwet, J. (in press): Revision of Eocene Antarctic carpet sharks (Elasmobranchii, Orectolobiformes) from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.