Worms Living a Mile and More Below the Surface of the Earth, Discovered

Scientists for the first time have discovered composite, multi-celled creatures residing a mile and more lower than the surface, increasing new possibilities regarding both the spread of life on Earth and prospective subsurface life on other planes and moons.

The nematodes or roundworms, named as ‘worms from hell’, were discovered in gold mines in South Africa where researchers have as well made breakthroughs finds concerning deep subterranean single-cell life.

Gaetan Borgonie of the University of Ghent in Belgium and Tullis Onstott of Princeton University, the two guide researchers said that the finding of creatures up to now under ground, with anxious, digestive and reproductive systems, was similar to discovery “Moby Dick in Lake Ontario.”

worms from hellOnstott said, whose pioneering work in South Africa over the previous decade has transfigured the understanding of microbial life identified usually as extremophiles, which live in places long thinks to be not fit to live in, This is telling us something brand new.”

He said, “For a relatively complex creature like a nematode to penetrate that deep is simply remarkable.”

One of which introducing the subterranean nematodes were officially called Halicephalobus mephisto after the “Lord of the Underworld,” comes out in edition of the journal Nature on Wednesday.  H. mephisto was discovered in water flowing from a borehole around one mile under the surface in the Beatrix gold mine.

The study is probably to activate challenges and grounds several controversy since it puts far further complex life in an environment where studies have normally held it must not, or cannot, survive.

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