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Originally posted by GirlGenius
Good find! Pandora's box?
Originally posted by liejunkie01
34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!
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It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the 34,000-year-old crystals and discovers, trapped inside, something strange. Something ... alive.
Originally posted by Electric Crown
I don't think the organisms are 34,000 old themselves. Maybe organisms have thrived in 34,000 year old sediment. This would be big, BIG news if actual living things were that old. And you couldn't radio carbon date them, because living cells renew themselves. Can you "count the tree rings" on such things?
Originally posted by laslidealist
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
I'm not sure Mother Earth can take another life like us
after all we are destroying the planet and don't deserve all she has done and given to us so hopefully if another life form does take over they will be nothing like us
Originally posted by JoseChung
Black oil time!
Schubert said the microbes took about two-and-a-half months to "wake up" out of their survival state before they started to reproduce, behavior that has been previously documented in bacteria, and a strategy that certainly makes sense. "It's 34,000 years old and it has a kid," Schubert said. And ironically, once that happens, the new bacteria are, of course, entirely modern.