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Discovery: 40,000 years old organisms are still alive!

Discovery: 40,000 years old organisms are still alive!

2 nematodes or roundworms are found in Russia, which are reportedly the oldest living organisms on the Earth. Scientists, at Princeton University, estimated the worms to be around 32000 to 42000 years old. Spotted in ancient permafrost in Russia’s frigid north, they have shown signs of life including mobility and intake of food.

The discovery was made while scientists were studying the permafrost samples taken from the frigid ground of North Russia. These samples were kept in storage, prior to the process of defrosting. As the temperature began to rise, they found it suitable to wake up from their unbelievably long hibernation. The warm environment brought them back to life. Scientists are estimating that this scientific breakthrough will help in answering many questions and result in further advancement. Solutions to cryonomics and transferring living beings to another planet are also expected.

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