A microscopic animal was brought back to life after “sleeping” in the ice for 24,000 years. The bdelloids are a class of microscopic invertebrate animals that typically live in aqueous environments and have an incredible ability to survive. Russian scientists extracted the creatures from the frozen ground of Siberia, using a drilling platform. The researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine that the rotifers they recovered from permafrost – frozen ground all year round, apart from a thin layer near the surface – were around 24,000 years old. The study was published in the journal Current Biology.
This animal survived 24,000 years frozen in the Siberian ice, now it has been brought back to life after “sleeping”