21 Feb '12, 8pm

32,000 Year-Old Flower Has Rebloomed

32,000 Year-Old Flower Has Rebloomed

© Svetlana Svetlana Yashina and a team at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Russian Academy of Sciences. Melting permafrost is not helping climate change, as it gives off gusts of globe-warming methane. But the world's scientists are finding a treasure trove in areas where the snow melts. A team at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia discovered – in a fossilized squirrel burrow in Siberia – remnants of the ice-age flowering plant Silene stenophylla . The plant had been buried at a depth of 38 meters in sediments with a temperature of −7°. Radiocarbon dating of the plants seemed to show that an ancient squirrel stashed them around 31,800 years ago, just before ice rolled into the area near the Kolya river. Scientists used growth hormone to coax silene ...

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