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Life out of the Deep-Freeze

The ongoing thaw in the Earth’s polar regions has led to the discovery of surprising fossils. In the early 1990s, the prehistoric mummy Ötzi became famous. Now news of a 30,000-year-old giant virus is in the headlines.

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Cadavers of woolly mammoths preserved in Siberian permafrost could give researchers an opportunity, with the help of biotechnology, to bring the species back from extinction. A number of other discoveries offer scientists the chance to understand the origin of species - including humans - and of life itself.

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