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Animal carcasses found in buried Antarctic lake

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Scientists drilling into a buried Antarctic lake 600 kilometres from the South Pole have found surprising signs of ancient life: the carcasses of tiny animals preserved under a kilometre of ice.

The crustaceans and a tardigrade, or ‘water bear’ — all smaller than poppy seeds — were found in Subglacial Lake Mercer, a body of water that had lain undisturbed for thousands of years. Until now, humans had seen the lake only indirectly, through ice-penetrating radar and other remote-sensing techniques. But that changed on 26 December when researchers funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) succeeded in melting a narrow portal through the ice to the water below.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00106-z

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Makes me wonder if one a very cold planet could like evolve into large forms under very cold conditions.. 

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56 minutes ago, Moontanman said:

Makes me wonder if one a very cold planet could like evolve into large forms under very cold conditions.. 

I think they were there when there was no ice. Tardigrades normally  inhabit moss. They can survive extreme conditions, even become dessicated.

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Must admit when I saw the term "carcass" I was hoping for something a little bigger.

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17 hours ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

Must admit when I saw the term "carcass" I was hoping for something a little bigger.

It is an unusual use of the word, for sure.

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5 hours ago, CharonY said:

It is an unusual use of the word, for sure.

English is his second language.

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2 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

English is his second language.

Well, I don't know the author of the article, but even if it was his second language, there is usually some level of editing. As such I assume it was deliberate.

 

Edit: Or do you mean OP? The content is directly lifted from the article (probably easier to spot if quoted had been used).

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2 minutes ago, CharonY said:

Well, I don't know the author of the article, but even if it was his second language, there is usually some level of editing. As such I assume it was deliberate.

 

Edit: Or do you mean OP? The content is directly lifted from the article (probably easier to spot if quoted had been used).

Oh right. OK. 

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I said "quoted" instead of "quotes", didn't I? Yeah, not my first language, either.

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