- Aug 19, 2003
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Moved to Newly Discovered.
Rest of article at link.Russian Scientists Claim to Have Resurrected 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried in Ice
A team of Russian scientists is lining themselves up to be the opening cast of a John Carpenter film. Earlier this month, in the journal Doklady Biological Sciences, they announced they had apparently discovered ancient nematode worms that were able to resurrect themselves after spending at least 32,000 years buried in permafrost. The discovery, if legitimate, would represent the longest-surviving return from the cold ever seen in a complex, multi-celled organism, dwarfing even the tardigrade.
The worms were found among more than 300 samples of frozen soil pulled from the Kolyma River Lowlands in Northeastern Siberia by the researchers. Two of the samples held the worms, with one from a buried squirrel burrow dating back 32,000 years and one from a glacier dating back 40,000 years.
I'm going to see The Thing tonight at the Irish Film Institute, always good to see it on the big screen.OK, not a fossil, but a creature that is 40,000 years old has been brought back to life (reminds me of 'The Thing'):
Rest of article at link.
The remains came from three separate dinosaurs from the herbivorous group of sauropods, the best known of which are the Diplodocus and Brontosaurus. This new species has been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
“We found most of the cranial bones: the snout, the jaws, a lot of teeth, also the bones that define the eye sockets for example and, in that way, we were able to create an almost complete reconstruction,” said Jose Luis Carballido, a researcher at the Egidio Feruglio museum and the national council of scientific investigations.
The remains belonged to an adult about 12 metres long, and two young of six to seven metres which lived around 110 million years ago.
However it doesn't really surprise me. Reptiles have some excellent survival strategies. Deserts are strong holds for lizards, snakes and tortoises. Sauropods were reptilian in nature unlike many of the theropods.
Makes sense since during the Devonian to Carboniferous periods giant arthropods and invertebrates of numerous kinds existed. An earthworm "Gippsland earthworm" still grows to > 3 meters in present day Australia.Monster fossil worm uncovered https://www.geologyin.com/2017/02/s..._rGLW28tE8L_obf6sqlogaA5taGlNbmyCdLtSbW570aco
Apart from the dentition, it reminds me of a Diprotodon.'Gigantic mammal 'cousin' discovered'
Wondered if this might be if interest?
Quality. Cheers hunck.This is worth a watch
Attenborough & The Giant Dinosaur
Tells the story of the largest dinosaur yet discovered, a new species of titanosaur, a plant eater living around 100 million years ago, found in Argentina. Virtually the whole skeleton was present, bones cast & reconstruction of the skeleton made. Lots of discoveries along the way. The size of the thing is incredible - estimated to have weighed around 70 tons & thought to be not a fully grown animal!
Available on iplayer for 29 days.