Russian Scientists Bring 24,000-Year-Old Zombies Back to Life

Rotifer recovering from week-long cryptobiosis in the lab. (Image credit: Lyubov Shmakova)

Tiny zombies that were frozen in Arctic permafrost for 24,000 years were recently brought back to life and have produced clones in a lab in Russia.

These hardy creatures are bdelloid rotifers, or wheel animals, so-named for the wheel-like ring of tiny hairs that circle their mouths. Rotifers are multicellular microscopic animals that live in freshwater environments, and they’ve been around for about 50 million years. 

In that time, rotifers have picked up a survival trick or two. 

Lateral view of rotifer. (Image credit: Michael Plewka)

Researchers previously found that modern rotifers could be frozen at minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius) and then revived up to 10 years later… Read more about this Zombie wheel animals in the link below…

24,000-year-old “Zombies” Revived From Deep-Freeze

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