Researchers have demonstrated that, after over 1,500 years frozen in Antarctic ice, moss can come back to life and continue to grow. For the first time, this vital part of the ecosystem in both polar regions has been shown to have the ability to survive century to millennial scale ice ages. (1, 2)
According to the many, this provides exciting new insight into the survival of life on Earth.
For me, this reminds me of a great poet…
“That is not dead which can eternal lie
And with strange aeons even death may die”…
Our lost contact with Nature is probably the reason we have denied ourselves this possibility. We consider us as one of the most evolved species and yet we die younger than almost any other species. We took a wrong turn a lot time ago and we now consider as “progress” anything that kills us.
The way back is a long one. But isn’t it time we started walking?
The tiny freshwater polyp Hydra does not show any signs of aging and is potentially immortal.  There is a rather simple biological explanation for this: these animals exclusively reproduce by budding rather than by mating.
Would we want to be Immortals?
Dying is part of life and yet we are so obsessed with bypassing it.
Someone has convinced us that we are just a set flesh and bones – the more this set is kept “running” (like a… machine?) the better.
So there it is!
A primitive animal has the ability to be immortal. We don’t.
Doesn’t that tell you something about immortality?