Ancient life barely alive found beneath ocean floor

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Posted May 18, 2012 by Johnny2x in Science

Here is another story proving that life can survive just about anywhere.

from the washingtonpost.com

Extraordinarily old, bizarrely low-key bacteria have been found in sediments 100 feet below the sea floor of the Pacific Ocean, far removed from sunlight, fresh nutrients and what humans would consider anything interesting to do.

Some of these organisms, scientists say, could be at least 1,000 years old. Or maybe millions of years.

Their strategy for staying alive is to be barely alive at all. Their metabolism is dialed down to almost nothing, an adaptive advantage in a place with so few resources. The bacteria that survive are the ones that can satisfy themselves with minute traces of oxygen and a parsimonious diet of organic material laid down millions of years ago.

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1,000 or maybe millions? I am on the side of science on every subject but when they give such large room for error it only give the stubborn religious people a little more fire power when they argue that the Earth is only a few thousand years old. 

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