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On December 26, scientists drilling near an underground lake by the South Pole found the remains of dead tardigrades, a microbial animal that lives in extreme conditions, more than 3,200 feet underground, according to a report published Friday in Nature . David Harwood, one of the micro-palaeontologists involved with the research, called the findings “fully unexpected.”. It’s extremely rare for scientists to find evidence of life in Antarctic subglacial lakes, never mind finding life buried a whole kilometer underground. The last time scientists found evidence of life in a subglacial Antarctic lake was back in 2013, when scientists found 20 cultures of bacteria in Lake Hodgson, which is 305 feet underground. Full story

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