Siberia’s 24,000-year-old leech-shaped rotifer regains its life-BBC News

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Verruciform rotifers are a type of rotifers found in freshwater environments in many parts of the world.

A new study shows that a microscopic multicellular organism regained life after being frozen for 24,000 years in Siberia.

Scientists dug up this animal called Bdelloid rotifer from the Alayeza River in the Russian Arctic.

It has spent thousands of years in a frozen state called “hidden birth.” Once thawed, it can reproduce asexually.

Previous studies have always believed that they can only survive in freezing conditions for up to 10 years.

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