The southernmost continent on Earth might not spring to mind when you think about fossils, but it has deposits from many periods throughout Earth’s history. Now on display on the Museum's Level 2 outside the elevator, peek into this temporary case and get a glimpse of some rare fossils of amphibians and reptiles from the Early Triassic Period, 250 million years ago. During that time, creatures like Lystrosaurus roamed ancient Antarctica. Lystrosaurus had two tusks and a beak-like mouth which it may have used to chomp on plants. About the size of a Welsh corgi, it was one of the most common vertebrates on land at the beginning of the Early Triassic Period (252-247 million years ago).


See Lystrosaurus and other fossils from Antarctica this Summer at NHMLA.


Free with Museum Admission. Free for Members.

an illustration of an animal that with four legs and a beak-like mouth
Illustration of Lystrosaurus by Nobu Tamura.