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Let There Be Life! Again? - Russian Scientists Recently Reanimated a 30,000 Year Old Frozen Flower

Updated on March 22, 2012

As it turns out...

Ice has this thing for freezing things... often instantly. And in this instance, that effect from ice just so happened to freeze a 30,000 year old squirrel, who had the misfortune of being frozen right after dinner...

Look out Jurassic Park!

In that little frozen squirrels tummy, just so happened to be a perfectly frozen Silene Stenophylla seeds, perfectly protected by the blossoms of an unopened flower. It was probably the equivalent of spring time, and I bet that poor squirrel was ready to relax after such a delicious find. Oh well, no reason not to make use of that squirrels amazing survival skills, and put those seeds to use.

And that is just what some Russian Scientists decided to do. They took those seeds, 'regenerated' them, a process of taking immature fruits (like plant stem-cells (no pun intended) from the frozen flower pod, dipped them in some nutrient-thick goop, stirred up the mess and waited. In a short matter of time, that goop helped the plant bring itself back to life, forming sustainable roots and a little sprout that soon turned into the interesting and oldest flower on earth (technically).

The news is so amazing, that the bloggersphere is a light with the quotes from tweeters, posters and socializers, who just can't get over how "jurassic park" this whole scenario seems to be. You might be having the same thoughts, once you become aware that near the squirrel who swallowed the flower, were bones from Woolly Mammoths and other prehistoric creatures, whom those same scientists hope to regenerate in similar ways. So it's kind of like a two-fer deal...

Did somebody say exclusive resort stay on a tropical island? I'm down! How about you?



Now, if you're scientific minded, there's nothing wrong with this picture. If you're a dedicated gardener... this might become a problem. Especially since Silene Stenophylla just so happens to be in the family of Caryophyllaceae which might be the species with beauties like Carnations, but they are also related to dozens of varieties of WEEDS.

Of course, being a medicinal and magickal herb lover, know that not all weeds are 'pests', so I'm as curious to inspect this thirty thousand year old flower as anyone else. Though I do wonder if this new flower might land us with more problems with monsanto, who are probably already planning their offensive game plans for planting these things everywhere and then providing a nifty weed killer to get rid of the problem...

I almost would have preferred if they had 'regenerated' the squirrel instead.

Apparently, this isn't the first time...

Chinese scientists previously regenerated 1,300 year old Lotus Flowers and Isreali scientists have regenerated 2,000 year old Date Palm trees. Which means, it's probably only a matter of time before that empty arctic dessert is home to the big woolly mammoth again.


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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is amazing to me, but a little scary too! What else are they going to try to regenerate? Could Jurassic Park be just around the corner? They may create more problems than they realize. This is very interesting information, thank you for SHARING. Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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      Bema Self 5 years ago from Seattle

      To true! I never was too good at remember the "ages". Glad you could come and correct it. Besides, "Pleistocene Park" sounds so much more interesting, lol. You think they might make "mammoth farms" where they could shave them in the right seasons and make woolly coats? =P

      As for resurrecting neanderthals... I don't know that they need to do that... I mean, we already have plenty running around already, lol. =P

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Blimey, what an amazing hub. Forget about Jurassic Park, they'll probably create 'Ice Age Park' or 'Pleistocene Park'. It'd have to be somewhere like Siberia. Imagine if they ever resurrected Neanderthals, that would be something.