Stories like this are so cool:

Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago.

The fruit was found in the banks of the Kolmya River in Siberia, a top site for people looking for mammoth bones.

The Institute of Cell Biophysics team raised plants of Silene stenophylla – of the campion family – from the fruit.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they note this is the oldest plant material by far to have been brought to life.

Prior to this, the record lay with date palm seeds stored for 2,000 years at Masada in Israel.

The leader of the research team, Professor David Gilichinsky, died a few days before his paper was published.

3 thoughts on “Wow

  1. Numbers are cool too. The circumference of ‘any’ circle divided by its diameter ‘always’ equals *Pi* or 3.141. The Egyptians used this constant in constructing their pyramids (2700 BC). Then there’s the other *Phi* known as the Golden Ratio which states that (A+B is to A as A is to B) and the result is ‘always’ 1.618, when written as an algebraic equation. That constant is found within the FIBONACCI series (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,etc.) where adding the last two numbers ‘always’ reveals the next number in the series. The Fibonacci series is the basis for nature. It’s how thing grow (which is where these 30,000 year old seeds come in). Pythagoras is credited with having discovered the Golden Ratio and the Binet formula by studying the natural order of things.

  2. If you read the piece all the way through, you find that they haven’t verified this yet. It sounds good, but the final verdict isn’t in yet.

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