Resurrection of an ancient plant — time capsules of the Ice Age

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In tribute to Easter holiday, the theme of this week’s post is resurrection. How cool would it be if we could revive a pre-existing life from fossils? As a matter of fact, scientists have succeeded in making an ancient plant bloom after more than 30,000 years.

Seventy squirrel burrows from the Ice Age have been found near Kolyma River in today’s north-eastern Siberia. During the Ice Age, this region used to be grasslands where mammoths roamed. What is special about these burrows is that thousands of ancient fruits and seeds have been preserved in the cold and dry environment of the permafrost. Continue reading –>

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