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Worms From Hell
Scientist Tullis Onstott of Princeton University opens a borehole in a section of rock wall in a South African mine near where “radiation eating microbes” were found. Image courtesy of Lisa M. Pratt/The Trustees of Indiana University/NASA/National Science

For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons.

Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa, where researchers have also made breakthrough discoveries about deep subterranean single-cell life.

Source: Washington Post

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