Despite being frozen in ice for over a millennium, the ancient moss started to grow after being thawed.
Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey collected samples of the moss from the depths of the Antarctic permafrost and placed them in to an incubator at a temperature similar to that of the conditions experienced by live specimens in the summer.
As polar caps melt its going to be interesting as to what else is revealed!
Ancient wonders, or viruses trapped in time for thousands of years.
The glory of ice being, what ever is in there is going to be well preserved
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. - Thomas Carlyle
Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:02 PM
It speaks to the tenacity of life. We used to believe that life was so fragile and could only exist within certain parameters. Our understanding has come a long way in the last few decades. I just hope we don't wake up something that humans have lost immunity to.
Image finding an animal that put itself in suspend animation, an animal we never seen before that is billions of years old. It would be amazing find and it would help scientists in evolution department. It would probably be one of the fewest fossil animals to be alive, with remarkable attributes that could be studied and applied to today's science. I am hoping for an animal with attributes we never have seen so far...
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. - Albert Einstein
It wasn’t the miners who got rich; it was the people selling picks and shovels. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored
It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me... It's all the rabbit poop you stumble over on your way down...
“It's easier to fool people - than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Mark Twain "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it"
Awww,,,but it would be wonderful if there were tree seeds. Maybe carried to the area by ancient birds.
Ya, especially if they would sprout! stories like this always make me wonder about the nature of LIFE ... how can life be maintained within stuff like this?! Orrr ... does life somehow Re enter !? I doubt that i guess.. but it dumfounds me how life could still be in that moss .
Edited by lightly, 26 March 2014 - 07:38 PM.
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