Scientific Miracle: A creature that has survived the frost 24 thousand years

A tiny multi-celled organism that has been frozen in Siberia for 24,000 years has been resurrected, according to new research.

Scientists have discovered the Bdelloid Rotifer from the Alyssa River in Russia’s Arctic.

After several thousand years of freezing into cryptobiosis, and now thawing, the organism was able to reproduce without any sexual contact.

Earlier research had suggested that the organism could survive in the freeze for up to 10 years.

New research released Monday in the scientific journal Current Biology suggests that the organism could survive for tens of thousands of years in frost.

The message from this research is that a multicellular organism can be stored in the freezer for thousands of years and then come back to life,” Stas Malavin, of the Institute of Physiochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science in Russia, told the Associated Press.

He said a lot of research needs to be done to know how this creature reached this stage. The scientists who carried out this research froze many organisms and then melted the ice and carried out experiments.

Examination of the Deloitte rotifer dates it to 23,960 to 24,485 years old.

Deloitte rotifers are a species of rotifer found around the world in freshwater environments.

This creature is endowed with the ability to withstand any harsh environment. According to The New York Times, it is one of the most radioactive creatures in the world.

According to the report, the organism can face very challenging conditions such as low oxygen, starvation, high acidity and years without water.

Similarly, some other multicellular organisms have been reported to be frozen for thousands of years and then resurrected. These include nematode worm, some plants and some algae.

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