Tuesday 28 May 2013

Frozen plants revived.

Centuries-old frozen plants revived
Eastern margin of the Tear Drop glacier Glacier retreat has markedly accelerated in the period since 2004 - and many new species lie beneath.Plants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say. Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions. Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet's cyclic long periods of ice coverage. The findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Wonder what implications that has for other frozen creatures?

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