The midden, and its fruit, were discovered in the arctic tundra of Siberia. The middens that researchers, Svetlana Yashina and the late David Gilichinsky, were searching for were sealed by wind-blown sediment and buried 125 feet below the surface where they were less likely to be contaminated by extant rodents depositing extant arctic plant seeds. Some of the excavated ancient burrows contained more than 600,000 fruits and seeds.
|Flower grown from 32,000 year old seeds. |
Photo by Svetlana Yashina/AP
|Caribou male in Denali|