Researching in Antarctica, geologists Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have discovered fossils of trees that existed before the age of the dinosaurs. These ancient trees (alive over 260 million years ago) must have been very different to those we are familiar with today. They would have had to survive the Antarctic’s cycles of 24-hour daylight and followed by months of perpetual darkness. The story has hit headlines in the press. For the original story from UW-Milwaukee and the relevance of this discovery, read here.