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Peter Braddock, the group's mountaineer, walks towards the McIntyre Promontory, the rocky outcrop where the group collected plant fossils. The Prehistoric Forests of the Frozen Continent
Science / Earth
Friday June 30, 2017

Paleontologists uncovered the fossil remnants of the oldest forest yet discovered in Antarctica. At about 270 million years old, the fossils come from an extinct species of tree known as Glossopteris. The fossils promise to offer paleontologists insights into the prehistoric climate and ecology of Antarctica, and the dramatic ecological changes that were about to sweep across the continent.
Adelie penguin populations, like this one at Cape Crozier, is the focus of ornithologist David Ainley and his team's research. Tag! You're it!
Science / Earth
Wednesday May 17, 2017

A number of Adelie penguins around the Ross Sea are sporting sophisticated new leg bands this year. Ornithologist David Ainley and his team attached new electronic tags to about 150 penguins to record where each penguin goes and how deeply it dives under water. The tagging project ties in with a broader effort that he's been spearheading for 20 years, monitoring Adelie penguin populations and demographics around Ross Island.

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