Scientists at NASA have recently discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old in a Mexican cave system, so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and Hell.
Penelope Boston, head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute says that these bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico and were able to survive by by living on minerals such as iron and manganese.
Scientists found up to 40 different strains of microbes and even some viruses that are so weird that their nearest relatives are 10 percent different genetically. Surviving dormant within tiny pockets of liquid in the crystal structures just shows how resilient life can be under some of Earth’s most punishing conditions.
At the same time, the microbes raise some serious concerns about efforts to explore other worlds in our solar system and hunt for alien life. Click on the below video to know more about these ‘super life’ forms.