Scientists have managed to revive microscopic animals that had been frozen in the Siberian permafrost for 24,000 years.
Bringing ancient microbes back to life
In what sounds like the opening scenes of a sci-fi disaster movie, scientists have managed to revive microorganisms thousands, or even millions, of years old. From 42,000 year old worms in Siberian permafrost to 100 million year-old microbes found on the ocean floor, here are a few old organisms that have been brought back to life.
The team found that 99.1 percent of microbes dating back to 101.5 million years ago were still alive, and started eating when food became available.
Two worms frozen for around 40,000 years have now been thawed and revived.