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Sleeping microbes wake up after 100 million years buried under the seabed



The microbes were buried in dirt 101.5 million years ago, even before Tyrannosaurus rexui, when the world’s largest meat-eating dinosaur called the Spinosaur roamed the planet. Time passed, continents shifted, oceans rose and fell, huge monkeys emerged, and eventually humans developed curiosity and skills to dig those ancient cells. Now, in a Japanese laboratory, researchers have brought back the lives of unicellular organisms.

Researchers from the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution collected sediment samples from the ocean floor 10 years ago. Samples were taken from 328 feet (100 meters) below the depth of 20,000 feet (6,000 m) of South Pacific kvass. It is a Pacific region with very little nutrients and little oxygen to survive. Scientists have been looking for data on how microbes cope in such a remote part of the world.


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