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Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 1 by Chris Roberts

Wow.

Just wow.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:19:25 UTC | #920525

lewis.breland's Avatar Comment 2 by lewis.breland

That is ridiculously awesome!

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:21:39 UTC | #920529

Jonathan Dore's Avatar Comment 3 by Jonathan Dore

A true time capsule. Absolutely inspiring.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:25:11 UTC | #920532

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 4 by Neodarwinian

30,000 - 10,000

= 20,000

However shall we explain this discrepancy in The Usher-ite calculation of the globes age?

" larger seeds and fewer buds. "

Evolution, the change in allele frequency over time in a population of organisms. The last sentence about the possibility of further events such as this is thrilling.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:06:30 UTC | #920554

TeaWalker's Avatar Comment 5 by TeaWalker

Awesome beyond words....

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:07:10 UTC | #920555

inquisador's Avatar Comment 6 by inquisador

Next step:

The Woolly Mammoth.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:15:05 UTC | #920558

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 7 by Steve Zara

Comment 6 by inquisador

Next step:

The Woolly Mammoth.

It doesn't seem so outrageous now! A seed frozen for 30,000 years. It does make me wonder why some frozen products have a 'best before' date. I mean, they are frozen. What can happen to them?

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:05:29 UTC | #920572

JulieMay's Avatar Comment 8 by JulieMay

Facinating!

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:06:30 UTC | #920573

SheerReason's Avatar Comment 9 by SheerReason

Simply amazing! Someone said next step is a mamoth... I hope so... It would be great to have a long extinct animal roaming Earth again. There has also been yeast extracted from the gut of insects trapped in insect amber that have successfully been grown from samples extracted from millions of years ago.

Fossil Fuels Brewing Company - Scientist extracts ancient yeast from insect amber

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:15:56 UTC | #920575

Graxan's Avatar Comment 10 by Graxan

Comment 7 by Steve Zara

Apparently frozen food can be stored indefinitely however dates are given for frozen food because many foods develop bad tastes after long freezing times. (Yes I just had to look that up...in one of those moods today!)

I'm guessing that 30,000 year old piece of fruit tissue didn't have the nicest flavour.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:19:28 UTC | #920576

Graxan's Avatar Comment 11 by Graxan

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Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:20:40 UTC | #920577

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 12 by Zeuglodon

A plant that last flowered when woolly mammoths roamed the plains is back in bloom.

Biologists have resurrected a 30,000-year-old plant, cultivating it from fruit tissue recovered from frozen sediment in Siberia. The plant is by far the oldest to be brought back from the dead: the previous record holder was a sacred lotus, dating back about 1200 years.

This is beautiful science, indeed. Flowers brought back to life after 30,000 years of dormancy.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:27:45 UTC | #920580

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 13 by Alan4discussion

So if humans destroy themselves and most of the planet, there is a chance that some plants may restart growth from the Svalbard Seed Vault in a few thousand years! -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault The seeds are stored in four-ply sealed envelopes, then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks. The storage rooms are kept at −18 °C (0 °F). The low temperature and limited access to oxygen will ensure low metabolic activity and delay seed aging. The permafrost surrounding the facility will help maintain the low temperature of the seeds if the electricity supply should fail.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:57:45 UTC | #920584

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 14 by aroundtown

I love this type of thing. Just awesome to behold.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:03:24 UTC | #920585

Magorian's Avatar Comment 15 by Magorian

Over on huffpost's copy of this story I made a Jurassic Park joke to someone who was worried about the consequences of reviving extinct species, saying that they "went extinct for a reason". Man did they flip out...

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:10:38 UTC | #920588

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 16 by Rawhard Dickins

Wonderful!

Keep the news stories coming in!

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:15:49 UTC | #920593

rationalmind's Avatar Comment 17 by rationalmind

Just think, when that fruit was deposited there may have still been Neanderthals alive!

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:22:15 UTC | #920594

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 18 by QuestioningKat

Wonderful! This made my day. Sweet little thing isn't it? Doesn't it make you want to plant one in your garden? Imagine the conversations.

Here is a video (yahoo) which also mentions something about the 300 million-year-old forest discovery in China.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:51:51 UTC | #920601

xmaseveeve's Avatar Comment 19 by xmaseveeve

Google Ted Hughes, 'Snowdrops'.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:02:49 UTC | #920604

xmaseveeve's Avatar Comment 20 by xmaseveeve

Snowdrop by Ted Hughes

Now is the globe shrunk tight Round the mouse’s dulled wintering heart. Weasel and crow, as if moulded in brass, Move through an outer darkness Not in their right minds, With the other deaths. She, too, pursues her ends, Brutal as the stars of this month, Her pale head heavy as metal.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:06:11 UTC | #920605

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 21 by QuestioningKat

This is a really exciting day - ancient flowers, forests. Just incredible.

Whole branches found with leaves. (Sorry Mods, I can't contain my enthusiasm. Maybe new topic?)

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:09:44 UTC | #920607

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 22 by aroundtown

Thanks Kat for pointing out and providing the link on the forest story. Just incredible. Should be interesting how the religious folks attempt to explain this one away in their 4-6 thousand year old Earth tale. I hope to hear more on both of these stories on the flower and the forest and yes I want one of those flowers.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:21:18 UTC | #920611

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 23 by aroundtown

PS - Got give a shout out to the squirrel on this one. Little dude/dudett gave us a gift. Makes you wonder what else is still out there to be discovered.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:26:30 UTC | #920613

crusader234's Avatar Comment 24 by crusader234

Thats so freaking Cooool!!!

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 02:11:16 UTC | #920619

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 25 by Schrodinger's Cat

This whole article raises the intriguing issue of the extent to which the unfreezing of species after ice ages ( some of which lasted millions of years ) may have influenced evolution.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 02:45:30 UTC | #920625

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 26 by QuestioningKat

Comment 22 by aroundtown :

Should be interesting how the religious folks attempt to explain this one away in their 4-6 thousand year old Earth tale.

We already know what to expect. I'm waiting for the woo-meisters to get a hold of this; their tale should be quite fantastic. I can hear it now....

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$295 for 2 oz jar

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 02:55:42 UTC | #920627

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 27 by aroundtown

Comment 26 by QuestioningKat - invigorate your completion with the all-natural Immortelle Rebirthing cream. This rich luxurious cream is made from the rare Silene Stenophylla flower contains anti-aging bio-nutrients scientifically proven to preserve your youthful glow and reverse decades of aging and sun damage. Deep withing the cell structure of the Silene Stenophylla flower, the active ingredient, Silenawellenna, has been proven to preserve youth and stop the aging process. Rediscovered and reborn after 30,000 years, this plant has endured the test of time and has survived the the harshest of elements. Immortelle Rebirthing cream helps protect your skin from the sun, wind, and the cold while reversing any effects from aging. $295 for 2 oz jar

I think you are 100% correct Kat. Just one more gift from the earth that can be exploited for a profit.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 03:40:41 UTC | #920628

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 28 by aquilacane

I know it's not the same type of flower but the headline popped a scribble into my head. Wake up Flower!

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 04:41:26 UTC | #920631

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 29 by aroundtown

Comment 28 by aquilacane I know it's not the same type of flower but the headline popped a scribble into my head. Wake up Flower!

Cool art, I saved it on my computer. Thank you for sharing it.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:05:31 UTC | #920632

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 30 by aquilacane

Comment 29 by aroundtown

Cool art, I saved it on my computer. Thank you for sharing it.

Thank you for liking it.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:25:05 UTC | #920634