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Worms live after being frozen for nearly 42,000 years

Two worms that are frozen in the permafrost for nearly 42,000 years were wooed back alive by scientists.

A few of the nematodes, roundworms are apparently life after they were frozen in the permafrost for nearly 42,000 years.

Russian scientists said the two prehistoric worms, out of a group of about 300, moving and after dinner they came back to life in a laboratory of the Institute of the Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of soil science in Moscow, the Siberian Times reported.

“After they are thawed, the nematodes showed signs of life,” a report from the Russian scientists said, according to the Siberian Times.

One of the worms was found in the vicinity of the Alazeya River in 2015 and is supposed to be about 41,700 years old, according to the study, published in the Doklady Biological Sciences. They were about 11.5 feet under the ground.

The other worm was found in 2002 in a fossil rodent digging in the vicinity of the Kolyma River. These samples were taken from approximately 100 feet below the ground.

Scientists said worms frozen in the permafrost in the eastern part of Russia for nearly 42,000 years of his life and eating.

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The worms were found in the vicinity of the Pleistocene Park, the site of an experimental project to make with the habitat of the extinct woolly mammoth, to The Sun.

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“Our data show the ability of multicellular organisms to survive in the long term (tens of thousands of years) cryobiosis under the conditions of the natural cryoconservation,” a report on Fox News said.

The worms were cultured in petri dishes at approximately 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit, for a number of weeks.

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“It is clear that this possibility suggests that the Pleistocene nematodes have a number of adaptive mechanisms which are of scientific and practical interest for the related fields of science, such as cryomedicine, cryobiology, and astrobiology,” it continued.

Cryobiology is the study of living things at extremely low temperatures.

The worms were cultured in petri dishes at approximately 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit, for a few weeks, the study said.

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Scientists believe that both worms are women, according to a report on Fox News.

Nematodes are well known for their ability to support long periods of time in unfavorable conditions, such as at extremely low temperatures, the report said.

They are the oldest living animals that are currently on the planet, the Siberian Times reported.

The research was conducted by teams of several Russian institutions as well as Princeton University in New Jersey.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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