Bdelloid Rotifer woke up after 24k years of sleep

According to new research, a microscopic multi-celled organism has returned to life after 24,000 years of freezing in Siberia.

Scientists have unearthed an animal known as the Bdelloid rotifer while excavating the Alaja River in the Russian Arctic.

Once frozen it has been able to reproduce unknowingly, spending millennia in a frozen state known as cryotobiosis.

Previous research has shown that they can survive freezing for up to 10 years.

However, a new study published in Current Biology on Monday states that they can live for thousands of years, if not indefinitely.

The premise is that multiple multicellular organisms can be frozen for thousands of years and then come back to life – this is “the dream of many fictionalists,” said Stas Malavin, an expert at the Russian Institute of Physiochemical and Biological Problems.

He said more research is needed to see how it has achieved this capability. Researchers froze dozens of animals in a laboratory to test the process.

Radiocarbon dating tests have shown that this Deloitte Rotifer will be between the ages of 23960 and 24465 years.

Bdelloid Rotifer are a class of rotifers found in freshwater environments around the world. The name Rotifer comes from the Latin meaning “wheel bearer”.

Animals are known for their ability to tolerate extremism. According to the New York Times, they are one of the most radioactively resistant animals in the world, which can withstand low oxygen, starvation, high acidity and years of dehydration.

Other multi-celled organisms have been reported to come back to life thousands of years later, including a nematode worm, as well as some plants and algae.

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