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Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Antarctic Moss Brought Back To Life After More Than 1,500 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.

Dug up from Antarctica, the simple moss was about 1,600 years old, black and looked dead. But when it was thawed in a British lab's incubator, something happened. It grew again.

British Antarctic Survey ecologist Peter Convey said the moss was visibly greening with new shoots after three weeks. He said scientists didn't do anything to make it grow except squirt it with distilled water.

Convey said this may make scientists rethink what is dead and what's not. He said this is by far the longest case of revival of a plant or animal from frozen limbo.

The study was published Monday in the journal Current Biology.

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wolvertongraphic March 19 2014 at 12:14 PM

Hmmm.... interesting. What kind of micro organisms will be coming back into the picture as well?

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rwachm March 20 2014 at 2:41 AM

Wait until they bring back an ancient plague

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banksupply March 19 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yikes......there's a fungus among us.

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Bill March 19 2014 at 1:45 PM

I'm kinda "lichen" this news!

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ginderat March 19 2014 at 11:41 PM

This is amazingly wonderful news! Juraissic Park, here we come!

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tikitom March 19 2014 at 11:32 PM

Does "Birdseye" ring a Bell anyone ?

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rthompson1329 March 19 2014 at 1:27 PM

There goes the eco system

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Sekinu2 March 19 2014 at 7:12 PM

Obviously it was not dead just in a dormant state brought on by the rapid freezing. This isn't new science in anyway and most non scientist know about this occurrance well those who went to basic junior high school lol

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thomcit Sekinu2 March 20 2014 at 12:44 AM

Based on your comment, I'm betting your last science course was back in junior high. Congratulations, you didn't forget everything you learned in that very basic science course. Also, while not the most exciting science story, it is "science topic" and of mild interest to some.

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abudotcom March 19 2014 at 12:50 PM

Hope no "unknown" bacteria comes with it........

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rboltpro March 19 2014 at 12:36 PM

Who knows what they are bringing back..... Can you say World War Z, Walking Dead???? Scares me!

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