Wow!

This is a crazy discovery. Apparently microbes have been found buried in frozen sediment on the island of Svalbard, North of continental Norway. The strange thing is that they have been hibernating for up to 100 million years, making them the longest living known organisms on the planet. They wait for the ice to melt and are actually thermophiles (meaning they like heat!). They peak in activity at around 20 °C and 55 °C.

Think of how much the world has changed in 100 million years. Homo Sapiens have only existing for tens of thousands.

The full story is here at the New Scientist website

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