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Spots in King Tut’s tomb caused by microbes

Mysterious spots found on the walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb are due to microbes, new research has shown. "King Tutankhamen died young, and we think that the tomb was prepared in a hurry," Mitchell said. "We're guessing that the painted wall was not dry when the tomb was sealed." The moisture from

Microbes bring ancient rock art to life

An analysis of ancient rock art in Western Australia has shown that its vivid colours have kept for 40,000 years because it is alive with microbes. While some rock art fades in hundreds of years, the "Bradshaw art" remains colourful after at least 40,000 years. Jack Pettigrew of the University of Queensland

Glacier spews out million-year-old microbes

I thought this was pretty fascinating…the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica is spewing out million-year-old microbes, giving the glacier the appearance of bleeding. This five-story, blood-red waterfall which pours out of the Taylor Glacier located in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys was first discovered back in 1911. Originally they thought the red

Bacterium found under glacier reawakened after 120,000-year sleep

A tiny microbe found two miles under Greenland ice has been reawakened from a 120,000-year sleep. Researchers coaxed the dormant frozen microbes, back to life by carefully warming the ice samples containing them over a period of 11-and-a-half months. As the bugs, named Herminiimonas glaciei, awakened and began to replicate, colonies of

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