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Remarkable Antarctic life find on rock far beneath ice shelf


The researchers had sunk a borehole, to get a sediment core from the seabed:

While the boulder scuppered their chances of obtaining the core, footage from a video camera sent down the hole captured the first images of organisms stuck to a rock far beneath an ice shelf.

“It’s slightly bonkers,” said Dr Huw Griffiths, a marine biogeographer at the British Antarctic Survey. “Never in a million years would we have thought about looking for this kind of life, because we didn’t think it would be there.” …

Photos and video footage of the boulder show that it is home to at least two types of sponge, one of which has a long stem that opens into a head. But other organisms, which could be tube worms or stalked barnacles, also appear to be growing on the rock. Ian Sample, “Researchers rethink life in a cold climate after Antarctic find” at The Guardian

The paper is open access.

It’s the first time life has been found under such conditions. But, as Alfred Russel Wallace, the first ID nerd, pointed out, this is a World of Life (1914)

An example of another "golly, gee-whiz!" science news article! "Never in a million years would we have thought about looking for this kind of life." An odd, hyperbolic statement since science has looked for life in all sorts of weird places for the past 100 years or less. I am surprised they didn't also ring the "extremophile, evolution, therefore life on other planets" bell (or maybe they did - I did not read the whole thing). Every time someone finds life in a difficult place (heat, acid, vacuum, pressure, etc.) they declare how amazing it is to find life there and how that broadens the range of places and conditions that can support life, thereby supposedly increasing the odds of finding life elsewhere in the solar system or galaxy, In so doing, they fail to account for the fact that most life on Earth lives under much nicer conditions and that, perhaps the extremophiles developed (I hate to say "evolved") the ability to survive extreme environments after they came into being under more normal conditions. e.g. the fact that tardigrades can survive vacuum or high radiation does not mean they could have evolved under such conditions. Fasteddious
Correct me if I am wrong. The organisms are in water and the water has connections to the open sea. If so, how is this different from other life found at extreme deaths of the ocean that never see light? Certainly interesting. But not earth shattering. jerry
Those stalked animals and sponges must be feeding on an ample population of small moving critters like shrimp, and the moving critters must be feeding on something else. What's the energy source? Possibly methane from volcanic vents? polistra
Ya know John carpenters the thing was in the Antarctic AaronS1978
well it has been under 5781-1656= 4125 years since the continent broke off and got close to it's modern world position. Whatever life was there prior and during that transition had to adapt fast or perish. So at least these two life-forms did, perhaps many more. one thing is near certain, any ice-core samples dated over 4125 years are overstated.. 1657 anno-mundi being the onset, Mabul impacts year cause and effect, of The ice ages. reference the YeC Moshe Emes series and Framework for Torah and science alignment. Pearlman

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