Forget the zombie apocalypse. Apparently, botanicals can come back to life after thousands of years!
Beneath an old moss bank on Signy, an island northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists drilled into the permafrost to find brown moss that had been frozen for a whopping 1,500 years. What happened next shocked everyone involved. When the moss was put under a light, misted, and left for a couple of weeks, it sprouted and came back to life!
British Antarctic Survey researcher and study co-author, Peter Convey, told National Geographic, “It’s basically the first record of anything regenerating of that sort of age. There are records of microbes being pulled out of ice cores and permafrost, but nothing that’s multicellular has ever been recorded to do it.”
The New York Times noted that other botanicals have been preserved, including, in 2012, seeds preserved in Russia’s 32,000-year-old permafrost that developed into a flower and viruses in 30,000-year-old Siberian permafrost that had the ability to still be infectious. These findings raise a lot of questions about other similar regeneration and preservation possibilities, but at least we don’t have to worry about undead moss coming back to life with a hunger for human flesh.
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