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    [–] TIL that while scientists were analyzing prehistoric worms recovered from permafrost, two 40,000 year old nematodes 'revived' and began moving and eating, making them the oldest multi-cellular life alive on Earth. Randomosaur 2 points ago in todayilearned

    In the best conditions, DNA fragments only survive for ~1.5 million years before becoming unreadable. As genomics advances and it becomes easier to link genotype with phenotype it'll probably become possible to design entirely synthetic species that resemble extinct ones but I don't expect that to be perfected in my lifetime.

    [–] TIL that while scientists were analyzing prehistoric worms recovered from permafrost, two 40,000 year old nematodes 'revived' and began moving and eating, making them the oldest multi-cellular life alive on Earth. Randomosaur 65 points ago in todayilearned

    At this point I just roll my eyes when I see articles about cloning mammoths, horses, lions or basically anything from permafrost. Two claims I'm skeptical of but haven't seen skepticism about are claims of growing flowers from Pleistocene fruit and gastric-brooding frog embryos in 2012 and 2013 respectively. I never saw papers for the latter, only for cell cryopreservation in extant frogs from the same Australian lab.

    This goes for any form of "science by press release", which most de-extinction research claims are classic examples of.

    [–] A conversation about dating for both sides. Randomosaur 27 points ago in GCdebatesQT

    I'd love QT to explain the difference between "cotton ceiling" believers and incels. I think I'll be waiting a long time.

    [–] More fundamental version of the other question: should men be entitled to men-only spaces? Randomosaur 2 points ago in GCdebatesQT

    I, personally, feel like having spent most of high school in a boys only school, though great academically, was bad socially. The boys were misogynistic as heck (including me at the time) and I was heavily bullied. This may extend to male only spaces in general, where toxic masculinity and misogyny could thrive.

    [–] One of the last four soft shell turtles has died Randomosaur 3 points ago in news

    I think it's too late. Best we can do is sequence their genome like with the baiji and vaquita.

    [–] Last lizard standing: The enigmatic persistence of the Komodo dragon Randomosaur 2 points ago in herpetology

    Sea level rise might not be such a threat if they can do that. But the skewed gender ratio, low genetic diversity and sedentary nature are still problematic and probably their "Achilles heel".

    [–] Off topic Friday. Randomosaur 3 points ago in GCdebatesQT

    I've decided that I want to go to university next year if possible. Study biology and then zoology. So I'm sort of on that path too.

    [–] Off topic Friday. Randomosaur 3 points ago in GCdebatesQT

    Good luck with recovery. Anything you can do to entertain yourself?