A new study shows that a microscopic multicellular organism regained life after being frozen for 24,000 years in Siberia.
Scientists dug up this animal called Bdelloid rotifer from the Alayeza River in the Russian Arctic.
It has spent thousands of years in a frozen state called “hidden birth.” Once thawed, it can reproduce asexually.
Previous studies have always believed that they can only survive in freezing conditions for up to 10 years.
But a new study published in the journal Current Biology on Monday (June 7) suggests that they may survive for thousands of years.
“Multicellular organisms can be frozen and stored for thousands of years, and then restored to life. This is the dream of many novelists,” Stas Malavin of the Russian Institute of Soil Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biological Problems told the newspaper. The Press Association said.
He said that more research is needed to understand how it achieves this amazing process. The scientists involved in this study frozen and thawed dozens of this species in the laboratory to test this process.
According to the radiocarbon dating method, the age of this buzzard rotifer specimen is between 23960 and 24485 years old.
Verruciform rotifers are a type of rotifers found in freshwater environments in many parts of the world. The name rotifer comes from Latin and means “roulette.”
This creature is known for its ability to resist extremes. According to the New York Times, they are one of the most radiation-resistant animals on the planet, and they can tolerate low oxygen, hunger, high acidity, and years of dehydration.
In addition to verruciformis, there are also reports of other multicellular organisms resurrecting thousands of years later, including nematodes, as well as some plants and mosses.