Scientists discover moss on an island off of Antarctica that came back to life after 1,500 years.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Science.

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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VIA Popular Science 

About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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  • Plantastic

    and now you can grow a real ZOMBIE PLANT that Plays DEAD when you Touch it!…Search Zombie Plant Grow Kit….this is real!