As Permafrost Melts, Prehistoric Fauna Revealed

August 14, 2018

permafoalsmall

Cool.

But unsettling in an era of brain eating amoebas.

Siberian Times:

This is the first picture of an ancient foal dug out of the permafrost in the Batagai depression – also known as the ‘Mouth of Hell’ –  in the Yakutia region of Siberia.

Head of the world famous Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Semyon Grigoryev,  said: ‘The foal was approximately three months old (when it died).

‘The unique find was made in the permafrost of Batagai depression. The foal was completely preserved by permafrost.

‘The extra value of the unique find is that we obtained samples of soil layers where it was preserved, which means we will be able to restore a picture of the foal’s environment.’

The Ice Age foal lived up to 40,000 years ago, it is understood.

It was buried at a level of around 30 metres in the tadpole-shaped depression, which is a ‘megaslump’ one kilometre long and around 800 metres wide.

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‘We will report the exact time when it lived after studying the soil samples,’ said the scientist.

‘The foal has completely preserved dark-brown hair, its tail and mane, as well as all internal organs.

‘There are no visible wounds on its body.

‘This is the first find in the world find of a pre-historic horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation.’

just sayin.

Brain Eating Amoeba

NPR:

Last summer, Zac Peterson was on the adventure of a lifetime.

The 25-year-old teacher was helping archaeologists excavate an 800-year-old log cabin, high above the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Alaska.

They had pitched tents right on the beach. Over the course of a month, Peterson watched a gigantic pod of beluga whales swim along the beach, came face-to-face with a hungry polar bear invading their campsite and helped dig out the skull of a rare type of polar bear.

But the most memorable thing happened right at the end of the trip.

“I noticed a red spot on the front of my leg,” Peterson says. “It was about the size of a dime. It felt hot and hurt to touch.”

The spot grew quickly. “After a few days, it was the size of a softball,” he says.

Peterson realized he had a rapidly spreading skin infection. And he thought he knew where he might have picked it up: a creature preserved in the permafrost.

When I finished writing this story in December, I ended it with a faint warning about the dangers of human curiosity. I was convinced that the only way “pathogens” would rise up from the permafrost was if a scientist bent over backward to resurrect the creatures in the lab. The chance of it happening naturally seemed infinitesimally small.

But then I received an email from Zac Peterson: “After kneeling in defrosted marine mammal goo … doctors treated me for a seal finger infection,” Peterson wrote. A photo showed a purplish-red infection covering the front of his knee.

Seal finger is a bacterial infection that hunters contract from handling the body parts of seals. The infection can spread rapidly into the joints and bones. Sometimes people lose fingers and hands.

The doctors never tested Peterson’s infection to see if it really was seal finger. It responded well to simple antibiotics — the treatment for seal finger.

The only seals Peterson had handled were those in the log cabin. Those seals had been frozen in permafrost for decades.

“Even if there’s a possibility it was something else,” Peterson wrote, “I still tell people that I got infected by an 800-year-old strain of a seal hunter’s disease that was trapped in ice.”

Peterson just might be the first victim of “zombie bacteria” rising from Alaska’s thawing permafrost.

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6 Responses to “As Permafrost Melts, Prehistoric Fauna Revealed”

  1. chucksterweb Says:

    Has anyone written an apocalyptic sci-fi story using this scenario yet? My guess is that it’s only a matter if time. That is, if the real zombie bugs don’t get us all first!

    • dumboldguy Says:

      See my other comment. Why does it have to be negative and apocalyptic? The Christian “have faith and feel good” movie makers might instead come up with a script in which one of these ancient bugs (put here by the almighty to be found in the nick of time) instead saves the human race—under the leadership of Praying President Pence after the impeachment of the Orange Menace. And we all go to Chick-fil-A and live happily ever after.


  2. Then there is this gem

    Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 3.5 MILLION year old bacteria dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3255253/Has-secret-eternal-life-Russian-scientist-says-stronger-healthier-injecting-3-5-MILLION-year-old-bacteria.html


    • So idiots are NOT just confined to the US it seems

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Idiotic at first glance, but maybe not.

        “The human body contains trillions of microorganisms — outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Because of their small size, however, microorganisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body’s mass (in a 200-pound adult, that’s 2 to 6 pounds of bacteria), but play a vital role in human health”.

        Who’s to say that a 3.5 million year old “bug” from a time when there were few “humans” on the planet won’t add something valuable to the community of living things that makes up our bodies? Another one of those “needs further research” items that likely won’t get funded because the Moron-in-Chief hates science—-why look for facts when you can get by on lies?

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    *SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*
    *SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*SPOILER*
    In the series FORTITUDE, the apparent supernatural spreading
    madness came from a mammoth parasite.


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