Moscow: A microscopic organism, that was lying frozen in the vast permafrost lands of northeastern Siberia for 24,000 years, has evolved back to life and reproduced asexually.
The tiny, ancient animal called the bdelloid rotifer was found by the Russian scientists in soil taken from the river Alazeya in Russia’s Yakutia region in the far north.
The bdelloid rotifer is known for being able to deal with extreme cold and the multicellular organism is found in freshwater habitats across the globe, reported Reuters.
According to the previous research, it could survive for a decade when frozen at -20 degrees Celsius.
Journal Current Biology detailed the study in this new case, which said that it is by far the creature’s longest recorded survival period in a frozen state.
Samples of the organism were recovered from 3.5 metres below ground. The material was found to be 23,960 to 24,485 years ago, said the study said.