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    34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive

    34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive! - Yahoo! News
    It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the 34,000-year-old crystals and discovers, trapped inside, something strange. Something ... alive.
    Thankfully this story doesn't end with the destruction of the human race, but with a satisfied scientist finishing his Ph.D.
    "It was actually a very big surprise to me," said Brian Schubert, who discovered ancient bacteria living within tiny, fluid-filled chambers inside the salt crystals.
    That is officially awesome. I wonder how similar these organisms are to the variety that we currently have.
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    Re: 34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive

    There are thousands of new insect species discovered in the world every year believe it or not.

    I just hope they contain this organism until they know a lot about it, to avoid any problems.

    Other than that finding anything alive that old is scary, especially where they found it. Wow!

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    Re: 34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive

    Wow, 34,000 years spent in a single space....alive.

    Kind of like watching the Cleveland Brown's offense.

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