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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2020 4:10 p.m. PST

…buried under the seafloor

"Microbes found themselves buried in the dirt 101.5 million years ago, back before even Tyrannosaurus rex when Earth's biggest meat-eating dinosaur, called Spinosaurus roamed the planet. Time passed, continents shifted, oceans rose and fell, great apes emerged, and eventually human beings evolved with the curiosity and skills to dig up those ancient cells. And now, in a Japanese lab, researchers have brought the single-celled organisms back to life.

Researchers aboard the drill ship JOIDES Resolution collected sediment samples from the bottom of the ocean 10 years ago. The samples came from 328 feet (100 meters) below the 20,000-foot-deep (6,000 m) bottom of the South Pacific Gyre. That's a region of the Pacific Ocean with very few nutrients and little oxygen available for life to survive on, and the researchers were looking for data on how microbes get along in such a remote part of the world…"
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Covert Walrus25 Aug 2020 4:20 p.m. PST

Hmm. The risk works both ways; Our immune systems and biology has changed so much since they developed, they might not be able to compete. Or they have such simple methods of attack, they might slip past all the sophisticated defenses and atck cells in different ways.

Might be a cause for concern for animals who have survived from that period, though.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2020 4:59 p.m. PST

The Deep Old Ones awake…

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2020 5:14 p.m. PST


Everything was bigger back then, right?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2020 5:58 p.m. PST

What could possibly go wrong?

I see a movie in the making here. Also a fun scenario for a RPG, maybe Call of Cthulhu.

witteridderludo26 Aug 2020 3:54 a.m. PST

That's another case checked on my 2020 Apocalypse bing card…
Looks like I just need an alien invasion to win :-)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 4:59 a.m. PST

Those guys above are from my Entirely Plausible Journey wargame scenario on WGV. It's a fantastic scenario where your forces journey through a living organism and fight disease. I'm not sure they could make a movie about that …

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

Godzilla awakens!!!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 11:58 a.m. PST

I have a bad, no, a very bad feeling about this.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 12:15 p.m. PST



Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 4:00 p.m. PST

Even the foods our ancestors ate could be poisonous to us now, given the changes in our digestive systems and flora over tens of thousands of years. These microbes could be the next Ebola.

von Schwartz27 Aug 2020 6:12 p.m. PST

Wow! now that's Lovecraftian!

Legion 428 Aug 2020 10:27 a.m. PST

"Nuke'm from orbit … " … Well you know the rest … 🚀

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