Sylene stenophylla- flower from 30,000-year-old Seeds

Scientists from Cell Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, have resurrected a 30,000-year-old plant, cultivating it from fruit tissue recovered from frozen sediment in Siberia.

Sylene stenophylla plant has been regenerated from tissues found in a squirrel burrow that had been stuck in Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years (when woolly mammoths roamed).

“We consider it essential to continue permafrost studies in search of an ancient genetic pool, that of pre-existing life, which hypothetically has long since vanished from the earth’s surface,” the article from the Russian Academy reads.

The plant is by far the oldest to be regenerated.

via newscientist