Moss still grows after 1,500-year deep freeze

By Ashley Yeager, 14:07 PM March 17, 2014

Slices of moss frozen for nearly 1,500 years have begun to grow again after a bit of time in an incubator.

Researchers have seen microbes survive extremely cold conditions for tens of thousands of years. But the Chorisodontium aciphyllum moss, taken from a core sample of Antarctic permafrost, is the first plant or multicellular organism to show signs of natural regrowth after such a long deep freeze. The moss slices were taken from depths of 30, 110 and 121 to 138 centimeters.

The moss may be a...

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