It’s been just reported that a microscopic arctic animal has been revived after it was frozen for 24,000 years and it seems that the animal came out fine.
CNET addresses a brand new study that details the amazing journey that a bdelloid rotifer, a minuscule freshwater critter that survived for millennia in the permafrost of Siberia had.
“Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism,” Stas Malavin, of the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science in Russia, stated not too long ago.
The animal was able to clone itself
The same online publication also noted that Rotifers are also known as “wheel animalcules,” thanks to the Latin root of their name which relates to a rotating “wheel” of tiny hairs at one end of their body. The “animalcule” part refers to them as being microscopic animals.
The team of experts is specialized in pulling out permafrost samples in some remote locations with the help of various drilling techniques.
This rotifer came from a depth of about 11 feet and experts had to use radiocarbon dating which is a way to determine the age of organic materials to date this animal. After all of this, the animal was able to reproduce by way of essentially cloning itself.
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More Siberia-related news
There is also some fresh important info from Siberia which we addressed a while ago.
Craters that appear violently and explosively in the Siberian tundra may sound like a sci-fi scenario for many, but they represent pure reality. Known as an imposing blowout of methane gas that threw ice and rock and leaving a gaping circular scar in the empty and eerie landscape, such a crater was found, according to CNN.
Stay tuned for more juicy, interesting news!