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How Are These 42,000-Year-Old Worms Still Alive And Eating?

We’ve all read sci-fi stories about being cryogenically frozen and then revived thousands of years later. Well, what about being accidentally frozen in Siberian permafrost? Well, that is exactly what happened to some hookworms. About 300 samples were found by scientists in the ice. When two of these tiny worms were defrosted in a petri dish, they began to move around and eat again.

One worm was found in a squirrel burrow close to the Kolyma River and is estimated to be around 37,000 years old. Another was found in the near the Alazeya River and is estimated to be around 41,700 years old. The ‘defrosting’ was carried out by The Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science. They believe that studying these worms may help us understand cryomedicine and cryobiology.

Some needed to be talked down from their knee-jerk negative reaction to this…

Some wondered about the consequences…

But there was still celebration of what the discovery may mean…

And let’s be honest, one person who said what we all were thinking…

That would truly be a Jurassic Park moment.

H/T: Slash Gear, Twitter




Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.