Explorers find 50,000-year-old microbes inside crystals at a cave in Mexico

Explorers find 50,000-year-old microbes inside crystals at a cave in Mexico

Surprises can come from anywhere – just like these caves in Naica, Mexico.

KAMI spotted (via Daily Mail) that NASA scientists explored the area and found that there were life forms inside its majestic crystals.

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Would you look at that? (photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

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These life forms, called microbes, were said to be up to 50,000 years old!

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Mother Nature never fails to amaze us with her wonders. (photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

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Their discovery, if proven, will be testament to the fact that these creatures can survive in Earth’s extreme conditions.

This project was a result of nine years of hard work, which is headed by Penelope Boston.

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Here is Boston in one of her cave expeditions. (photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

She also serves as the head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and shared that the fairytale-like caves in Mexico aren’t the only ones she’s examining.

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Her study about microbes has led her to caves in the United States, Ukraine, and a lot more where these life forms eat copper sulfate.

Before you think that going to caves where crystals reside are cold, it isn’t – Boston’s team can only work in the Naica caves for about 20 minutes before going to a cooler area.

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Apparently, these crystals are hot! (photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

Aren’t you amazed at their discovery? Let KAMI know what you think in the comments!

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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