- 12 April 2021
Tiny animal revived after 24,000 years then cloned itself
Malavin and his team drilled into permafrost near the Alazeya river in north-east Siberia, Russia, in 2015. They found a single rotifer, a worm-like creature less than a quarter of a millimetre long. When the researchers warmed it up and gave it food, it became active. It also reproduced, because it is a bdelloid rotifer that can clone itself without the need for a sexual partner.
Rotifers are small and squishy and do not look resilient, but one individual has endured about 24,000 years frozen in permafrost, and is now thriving
Makes you wonder what else they discovered and haven't told us about!
I think its a stretch to call it an animal!