January 26, 2023
Silene stenophylla

A Russian team discovered a seed cache of Silene stenophylla, a flowering plant native to Siberia, that had been buried by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River (map). Radiocarbon dating confirmed that the seeds were 32,000 years old.

Source: 32,000-Year-Old Plant Brought Back to Life—Oldest Yet

32,000-Year-Old Plant Brought Back to Life—Oldest Yet by Rachel Kaufman (National Geographic)

The oldest plant ever to be regenerated has beaten the previous recordholder by some 30,000 years, a new study says.

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