Microbes survived inside giant cave crystals for up to 50,000 years

Extremophiles hint at possible resilience of life beyond Earth

Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico

IN DEEP  Samples from fluid pockets in crystals inside Mexico's Naica mine in Chihuahua revealed life-forms that may have been trapped in the minerals for up to 50,000 years.

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