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Rotifer: a microscopic animal that came back to life after 24,000 years in Siberian permafrost

08/06/2021 08:22 PM | Click to read full article

A microscopic animal has come back to life and successfully reproduced after being frozen for 24,000 years, according to a study published by Russian scientists.

Bdelloid rotifers, known for their ability to survive extremely low temperatures, it has been seen they could survive six to 10 years in temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Samples of the animal were taken from frozen soil in north-eastern Siberia.