Monday, September 26, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Ancient moss cloned itself for 50,000 years


Posted on Tuesday, 3 January, 2012 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 2.5 James K. Lindsey

 
Moss on the Hawaiin Islands is thought to be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth.

The peat moss spreads by making copies of itself meaning that the current crop came from the same founder plant that reached Hawaii tens of thousands of years ago. It is thought that human activity such as its use as a packing material may have helped the moss spread across the islands in recent years. "The peat moss has had explosive growth where it was introduced, especially on Oahu," said study co-author Eric Karlin.

"A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands (map) appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000 years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth, a new study suggests."

  View: Full article |  Source: National Geographic

  Discuss: View comments (6)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Device on 3 January, 2012, 22:18
Wow. Thats pretty smart for moss.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker on 3 January, 2012, 23:44
There are also geckos in Hawaii that have only females and so every baby lizard is a clone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidodactylus_lugubris
Comment icon #3 Posted by LimeGelatin on 4 January, 2012, 5:17
good looking moss
Comment icon #4 Posted by EllJay on 4 January, 2012, 13:26
good looking moss The only good looking moss I know of is Kate Moss.
Comment icon #5 Posted by imagestic on 9 January, 2012, 6:25
There's also Mos Eisley, but that's another story
Comment icon #6 Posted by J. K. on 10 January, 2012, 2:11
Please correct me if I am wrong, as I don't claim to be knowledgeable of such things: wouldn't the same apply to single cell organisms like amoebas?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5772480
261680
162598

 
Is the Voynich manuscript an elaborate hoax ?
9-25-2016
Cryptographers have been attempting to decipher the text's mysterious symbols and diagrams for decades.
Police in Russia 'arrest' activist robot
9-25-2016
Police officers attempted to handcuff the contraption while it was recording data about voter opinions.
Pluto may have an ocean over 100km deep
9-24-2016
Scientists believe that the dwarf planet's interior may be filled with large quantities of liquid water.
Scientists solve mystery of the singing fish
9-24-2016
Back in the 1980's, California houseboat residents had reported hearing a strange humming noise at night.
Other news in this category
Scientists solve mystery of the singing fish
Posted 9-24-2016 | 3 comments
Back in the 1980's, California houseboat residents had reported hearing a strange humming noise at night....
 
Asian hornets begin appearing in the UK
Posted 9-21-2016 | 3 comments
Authorities have warned that this invasive species of hornet could decimate local bee populations....
 
Russian scientists under siege by polar bears
Posted 9-14-2016 | 5 comments
Meteorologists working at a polar weather station have been trapped for weeks by a pack of polar bears....
 
Scientists record two dolphins 'chatting'
Posted 9-12-2016 | 22 comments
For the first time, a conversation between two dolphins has been recorded using a special microphone....
 
Expedition seeks life beneath the sea floor
Posted 9-10-2016 | 7 comments
Scientists are set to embark on an ambitious mission to find out what is living beneath the ocean floor....
 
There are actually four species of giraffe
Posted 9-9-2016 | 6 comments
A new study has revealed that, contrary to popular belief, there is more than one species of giraffe....
 
Giant panda moves off endangered species list
Posted 9-5-2016 | 3 comments
Wildlife conservation authorities have downranked the giant panda's endangered status to 'vulnerable'....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ