The samples were collected at the bottom of the South Pacific gyre, in the southern Pacific Ocean, and then incubated. It showed that the particles were “able to grow and divide,” reports the University of Rhode Island.
“We knew there was life in deep sediments on the continents where there is a lot of buried organic matter,” said Professor Steven D’Hondt in the study. “But we found that life extends across the seafloor from the deep ocean to the underlying rocky basement.”
The researchers are shocked at the results. The living microbes are up to 100 million years old and ‘ready to eat’. “This study shows that the submarine floor is an excellent location to explore the limits of life on Earth.”
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