(The Sun) – An ancient flowering plant has been brought back to life from seeds buried by squirrels more than 30,000 years ago.
The seeds were dug out of the fossilised burrows of Arctic ground squirrels in icy Siberia.
They had been held in suspended animation by a permafrost which served as a “frozen gene pool,” scientists revealed.
Experts from Moscow’s Soil Cryology Laboratory used state-of-the-art techniques to grow the Silene stenophylla — a herbaceous plant that sprouts tiny white flowers and still grows in the region.
The seeds — preserved at a depth of 125ft in sub-zero temperatures — were slightly smaller than today’s counterparts.
Scientists say the find means some long-lost lifeforms could be held in the frozen wastes.
It also suggests that dormant life found on Mars or other icy planets could be revived.