The emphasis on record setting during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration meant that the scientific accomplishments of these expeditions often went overlooked (Larson, 2012). Many people know the story of the ill-fated (and second-place) return of Robert Falcon Scott from the South Pole, but few people are aware that 45 kg of Permian Glossopteris fossils were found with him and his deceased colleagues. Refusal to jettison the material suggests their recognition of its importance for understanding past life on the frozen continent. Since that time, great advances have been made in understanding the ancient life and environments...

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