We may have found the cabana boyposted by Jazz at 2/24/2005 07:44:00 AM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A U.S. scientist claims to have thawed out a new life form, which he said raises questions about possible contemporary life on Mars.The phrase "new life form" might be a bit misleading since, it's been there since the prehistoric era.
Now if this little guy can lay around in a frozen state ever since the Pleistocene, get thawed out and immediately start doing the backstroke, who's to say that there aren't similar beach dwellers "chilling out" up on that ocean on Mars?
The organism froze on Earth some 30,000 years ago, and was apparently alive all that time and started swimming as soon as it thawed, said Richard Hoover from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.
The life form -- a bacterium dubbed Carnobacterium pleistocenium -- probably flourished in the Pleistocene Age, along with woolly mammoths and saber-tooth tigers, said Hoover.
This just in... a microscopic view of the new strain of bacteria may explain a lot about our current stage of evolution.
The discovery of the living bacteria in Alaska's permafrost raises another possibility, Hoover said.
"The other thing that's exciting: Just like we found in the Fox tunnel of Alaska, frozen biology in the form of unicellular bacteria might even have remained alive, frozen in the Martian sea," he said.