British Scientists Believe They’ve Found A Landmass Wiped Out By Melting Ice Caps

The University of Saint Andrews believe they have found an underwater world that was engulfed by the North Sea between 18000 BC and 5500 BC — and they’re calling it “Doggerland.”

The once dry landmass stretching from Scotland to Denmark was discovered after 15 years of research, and it’s been big news in the UK press, where it is being called “Britain’s Atlantis”.

Here’s a map of the land believed to have once made up Doggerland:

The data was found using seismic scans and geophysical modeling courtesy of oil and gas companies. Researchers were also able to use evidence from fossils obtained through dives to paint a picture of a land marked by hills and valleys, lakes and swamps, and rivers dividing a long and extensive coastline.

By recreating the landscape and the plant life, scientists were also able to estimate the “carrying capacity” of the island. They believe tens of thousands of humans once called Doggerland home, living alongside mammoths and reindeer.

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