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Floral Resurrection

2/21/2012

Russian scientists extracted a seed dated back to at least 30,000 years....
Russian scientists have been able to extract a seed from an ancient squirrel burrow that had long been covered by many layers of ice.

The seed was then lovingly nourished and brought back to life, giving its thanks to the world by showing its pristinely white blooms.

The flower is of the species Silene stenophylla which is said to have been regenerated from the Pleistocene Age, dating back at least 30,000 years. 

The first generation cultivated from seeds obtained from regenerated plants progressed through all developmental stages and had the same morphological features as parent plants,” wrote Svetlana Yashina and a team at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Russian Academy of Sciences.  “We consider it essential to continue permafrost studies in search of an ancient genetic pool, that of pre-existing life, which hypothetically has long since vanished from the earth’s surface."

It is quite interesting that a little squirrel living in what is now 

Siberia tucked away this little seed in his storage area lined with hay and fur, unknowingly creating a “natural cryobank”.

The story lends itself to having more appreciation for the world around us, not only what it is now, but what it once was and what the world is to become.  The world is certainly at our fingertips open for exploration; from the warm rainforests of South America to the frozen permafrost of Siberia.  You just never know what lies beneath and what you may discover on your next adventure.