Zombies have always fascinated people who have had interest in horror stories and end of the world theories. The idea of a dead man walking is something that instills fear as well as gives many an adrenaline rush. But unfortunately, or fortunately for some, we haven’t been able to create zombies and nor has nature done this noble thing,. But science has shown a lot of the end of the world theorists and horror lovers a ray of hope.
Siberia is a frozen land lying in the Tundra region of the world, famous for its vodka and its tigers, the land has always been under research by scientists as its ice hides the answers to some of the most mysterious answers in the universe.
This ice has now given us the answer to our zombie question. Excavations in Siberia have given unearthed frozen soil specimens, from which we found worms. You must be wondering, what’s so great about worms in the soil? Wait for it! The soil is dated to be more than 40,000 years old, which makes the worms that old as well. They are the Captain America of the worm world!
Also known as nematodes, these worms were frozen in the soil, 40,000 years ago in the Pleistocene era and have been revived in the 21st century. This is the first time we have revived a species that old into organisms that can eat and live again.
This is a huge breakthrough for science, and was completed in the laboratory of the Institute Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, near Moscow. In collaboration with a team of scientists from the Princeton University, they have analyzed over 300 worms, out of which two species could be revived or were viable to live.
Though we have found organisms such as bacteria and viruses, that have survived through the ages, these nematodes are the first complex organisms to do this. They are usually only I millimeter in length, but there size is enough for science to take huge leaps forward in the field of Cryopreservation.
At History Pictures, we believe science might find all the answers to the mysteries of the universe, and also hope that we see more breakthroughs in the coming years.