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While wearing a sterile over suit to prevent contamination, Sarah Johnson collects samples of desiccated microbial from an ancient lake bed in Taylor Valley. The Edge Of Life
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday September 19, 2017

Researchers working in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys found evidence, in ancient dried microbial mats, of microorganisms that may have been alive for thousands of years. The discovery could have implications for biology in other parts of the world and even on other planets, such as Mars.
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.

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