WASHINGTON (AP) -
Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic
ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.
Dug up from
Antarctica, the simple moss was about 1,600 years old, black and looked
dead. But when it was thawed in a British labís incubator, something
happened. It grew again.
Survey ecologist Peter Convey said the moss was visibly greening with new
shoots after three weeks. He said scientists didnít do anything to make it
grow except squirt it with distilled water.
Convey said this
may make scientists rethink what is dead and whatís not. He said this is by
far the longest case of revival of a plant or animal from frozen limbo.
The study was
published Monday in the journal Current Biology.