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Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 July 2018

Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.

Awake after 42,000 years... Picture: The Siberian Times

The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study. 

‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian scientists from four institutions in collaboration with Princetown University.

Some 300 prehistoric worms were analysed - and two ‘were shown to contain viable nematodes’.

‘After being defrosted, the nematodes showed signs of life,’ said a report today from Yakutia, the area where the worms were found.

‘They started moving and eating.’ 

Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life
Duvanny Yar and (in the middle) the nematodes. Pictures: Nikita Zimov, Doklady Biological Sciences/Pleiades Publishing


One worm came from an ancient squirrel burrow in a permafrost wall of the Duvanny Yar outcrop in the lower reaches of the Kolyma River - close to the site of Pleistocene Park which is seeking to recreate the Arctic habitat of the extinct woolly mammoth, according to the scientific article published in Doklady Biological Sciences this week. 

This is around 32,000 years old. 

Another was found in permafrost near Alazeya River in 2015, and is around 41,700 years old. 

Currently the nematodes are the oldest living animals on the planet.  

They are both believed to be female. 

Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life


Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years come back to life

Duvanny Yar and Alazeya river marked on the map, Alazeya River, specialists of the Institite of Psycico-Chemical and Biological Problems and Soil Science in Moscow region


The worms came back to life in a laboratory at The Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Moscow region. 

The scientists say: “Our data demonstrate the ability of multicellular organisms to survive long-term (tens of thousands of years) cryobiosis under the conditions of natural cryoconservation. 

'It is obvious that this ability suggests that the Pleistocene nematodes have some adaptive mechanisms that may be of scientific and practical importance for the related fields of science, such as cryomedicine, cryobiology, and astrobiology.”

The Russian institutions involved in the pioneering research were: The Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science; Moscow State University; Pertsov White Sea Biological Station, part of Moscow State University; and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

The Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, was also involved. 

Comments (83)

Wasn't this in season 6 of The X Files?
Lili, USA
27/07/2018 14:53
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It's not just possible, it's guaranteed.
All of you Earthlings are doomed.
DOOMED!
Monkey Boy, Here, usa
27/07/2018 14:40
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Oh yeah totally agree about the viruses etc. AND This discovery will no doubt spur a host of zombie movie rehashes with thawed viruses or some scary creatures awakening! lol
D Barker, USA
27/07/2018 14:28
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Amazing
Dank, Kenya
27/07/2018 14:05
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The worm should be named: illidan stormrage
Felipe, Ecuador
27/07/2018 13:46
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With the temperature rising and ancient ice melting all over the Earth it is possible that unknown viruses and diseases could be released
D Moore, USA
27/07/2018 13:25
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wow - pay homage top great thinking lads... Its great news.
Ld Elon, Home of the Wise.
26/07/2018 23:32
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Lombrices congeladas en el permafrost han vuelto a la vida después de 42.000 años, dicen los científicos. Dos nematodos de Siberia se mueven y comen de nuevo por primera vez desde el Pleistoceno, según se informa. https://civilizacionesantiguasyufologia.blogspot.com/2018/07/gusanos-muertos-vuelven-a-la-vida.html
jonatan, argentina
26/07/2018 20:06
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