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Old 02-20-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years

Eventually they found success using elements of the fruit itself, which they refer to as "placental tissue" and propagated in laboratory dishes.


"This is by far the most extraordinary example of extreme longevity for material from higher plants," commented Robin Probert, head of conservation and technology at the UK's Millennium Seed Bank.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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That's pretty remarkable. The fruit tissue was buried 125 feet underground for 30,000 years, and they were able to not only get it to flower, but produce viable seeds as well. Good thing it wasn't a triffid.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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That's pretty remarkable. The fruit tissue was buried 125 feet underground for 30,000 years, and they were able to not only get it to flower, but produce viable seeds as well. Good thing it wasn't a triffid.
Hmmm, Did a bit of research:

"Triffids are the only known plant capable of ambulatory movement. They can lift themselves about 30cm/1 foot off of the ground on the three projections on their boles. They walk rather like a man on crutches, sliding two projections forward and then lurching so that the third comes level with them. At each 'step', the stem whips violently back and forth and the leaves rustle noticeably. The speed is about that of average human walking pace."

Wouldn't want to see them surrounding people...
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Default 'Chinese Pompeii' 300m-year-old forest preserved in ash

A bit off topic, but still interesting.

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