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The Oldest Stuff on (and Off) Earth!

Silene Stenophylla

32,000 years ago, a forward-thinking Ice Age squirrel buried a carnation seed in the arctic tundra for leaner times, and never came back to it. The seed was "exhumed" in 2007 and in 2012, Russian scientists successfully regenerated the plant from its long winter dormancy. Thanks to the resourcefulness of some random ancient rodent, humans were able to make the Silene stenophylla the oldest plant ever to be revived.

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