The 34,000-year-old crystals have “permanently sealed” the organisms inside “like little time capsules,” Tim Lowenstien, a professor in the geology department at Binghamton University told the OurAmazingPlanet.
Brian Schubert, who discovered the eons-old organisms, told the website, “It was actually a very big surprise to me.”
“They’re alive, but they’re not using any energy to swim around, they’re not reproducing,” Schubert said. “They’re not doing anything at all except maintaining themselves.”
Along with the organisms, ancient Dunaliella algae were also found alive inside and could serve as a food source, according to the Geological Society article.