Using a giant drill machine, the research team collected samples from near the Alazeya River in the Russian Arctic. After this its age was ascertained through radiocarbon dating.
This creature was buried in the ice for 24 thousand years. AFP
In Siberia, a microbe has resurfaced after being buried in ice for 24 thousand years. This animal, named the bdelloid rotifer, has come back to life. According to Russian scientists, not only this, it has also successfully made its clone. It has been mentioned in the study published in Current Boilogy Journal. (Arctic micro animal bdelloid rotifer survives 24000 years in Siberia permafrost)
A Stas Malavin, joint author of the study, told AFP that the study has raised interest in many questions. After all, these multicellular animals use mechanisms to survive for a long time. He said, ‘Our report is proof that even today multicellular animals can live in the cryptobiosis state for thousands of years. Cryptobiosis is a condition in which metabolism is completely stopped. This study has been done by Russia’s Institute of Psychochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science.
Samples taken from the Russian Arctic
Using a giant drill machine, the research team collected samples from near the Alazeya River in the Russian Arctic. After this its age was ascertained through radiocarbon dating. According to this, its age is between 23,960 to 24,485 years. Earlier, he had identified similar single cell microbes. Talking about multicellular organisms, there are reports that a worm named nematode has resurfaced after 30,000 years. Apart from this, moss and other plants also started growing again after being buried in snow for thousands of years.
New name added to this list
Rotifiers have also been included in this list now. In this list are those organisms, which can live indefinitely. The special thing is that this creature was able to reproduce without any help after returning to life. This process is called parthenogenesis. Rotifers are half a millimeter in length and usually live in environments with clean water.
The name of this creature is derived from the Latin language, which is used for ‘wheel bearer’. It looks like a spinning wheel. They eat food by roaming around. Malavin said, ‘We use this organism to study organisms frozen in ice. Through this comparison can also be made with other organisms.
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