A man stands next to a gypsum rosette crystal in the bizarrely beautiful Mexican cave system.
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In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 60,000 years old.The discovery has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, but it has led Boston to believe that living organisms may also have survived in the extreme environments of other planets and moons in our solar system.She said about 100 different kinds of microorganisms – most of them bacteria – have been found locked in Naica crystals for periods ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 years. Several years ago scientists reported finding microbes in ice and salt that were up to 500,000 years old.
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