Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years:

I read it in February , PNAS paper

was quite exciting

BUT what I kept wondering was why would squirrels all those years ago prefer silene seeds to other more nutritious food … like larger nuts .. acorns etc… may be the tundra gave them not a lot of choice…

and there is already a taxonomic fight over the plants regenerated from these seeds… swedish and norwagian group claims its not the plant the original researchers claim…
they say its not Silene stenophylla Ledeb. but instead it is of Silene linnaeana Czerepanov (Lychnis sibirica L.) group. URL for it is

REGARDLESS OF THE TAXONOMIC FIGHT THEY are waging I think the flowers in the first PNAS paper are very beautiful and its god”s own wonder that the placental tissue could give rise to new plants after so many millennia.

I marveled at the constituents of the growth medium…
They even had medium number two fortified with coconut milk and I see no results stated for it…
I may just have to write to them and ask
I had forgotten this detail

perhaps you have already read this news:
Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago. Silene stenophylla


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