Some of the world’s most perplexing scientific discoveries have been found inside ancient caves. They draw us because they are mysterious, and we wonder how deep they go. They draw us back to our ancestry when shallow caves served as shelter, but deep caves also frighten us with their smothering darkness.
These caves contain ancient corpses, Neanderthal burial grounds, and even life-forms that are so old, they shock the archaeological community. Some of these caves contain mysteries the likes of which science has yet to explain. Here, we explore what the world of science has and has not yet understood in these cryptic depths. Prepare yourself for the most shocking discovery found in one of the world’s deepest caves – you’ll know when you see it…
Signs of Ancient Life?
In this cave, scientists found life embedded within giant crystals. When they started the exploration of this particular cave, they weren’t expecting to see signs of life. However, the life they found they suspect to be something around 50,000 years old.
The cave where they found this life was located in Naica, Mexico. These bacteria and other microbes thrived in the cave by digesting minerals like iron and magnesium that existed within the crystal formations. The discovery of these bacteria is thought to broaden the ranges of conditions under which we think life is able to flourish. Could this be the discovery that helps scientists discover life living in extreme conditions on another planet?