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Virus from Siberian permafrost revived after 30,000 years by French scientists

Scientists found the virus in a 98-foot-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in #Chukotka, near the East #Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is minus 7.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Radiocarbon dating of the soil sample found that vegetation grew in the area more than 30,000 years ago, when mammoths and Neanderthals walked the Earth.

The findings were published Monday (03/03/2014) in the Proceedings of the #National_Academy_of_Sciences.
&Rob 2014-03-04 12:32:09