Tiny Creature Survived After Being Frozen for 24,000 YEARS

Tiny Creature Survived After Being Frozen for 24,000 YEARS

Tiny Creature Survived After Being Frozen for 24,000 YEARS
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A frozen microscopic organism came back to life and even reproduced asexually after living below the surface of the vast permafrost Siberian land after 24,000 years.

Reports said this tough creature is a bdelloid rotifer. Russian scientists found it from the river Alazeya in Russia’s region of Yakutia in the far north.

The tiny creature is a multicellular organism; it lives in freshwater habitats across the world. Further, it can withstand extreme cold. Past studies suggest this creature can survive for a decade frozen at -20 degree Celsius.

Further, The New York Times said it is one of the planet’s most radiation-resistant animals. It can survive despite extreme acidity, starvation, low oxygen and years of dehydration.

In a recent study published in May, the bdelloid rotifer found in the ancient Siberian permafrost is by far the creature’s longest survival period.

Experts recovered the sample 3.5 meters below the frozen ground. Further, the sample gathered is said to date between 23,960 and 24,485 years ago, the study said.

These tiny creatures is everywhere – on moist strands of moss, bird baths, and even across freshwater bodies. Nevertheless, researchers are still studying how these microorganisms shield their cells and organs from seemingly catastrophic conditions and patch up their DNAs.

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Tiny Creature Survived After Being Frozen for 24,000 YEARS
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