"It's basically the first record of anything regenerating of that sort of age," British Antarctic Survey researcher and study co-author Peter Convey told National Geographic. "There are records of microbes being pulled out of ice cores and permafrost, but nothing that's multicellular has ever been recorded to do it."
The finding raises interesting questions: What if mosses and other plants could come back to life after being exposed following the retreat of glaciers? "That gives you a very different way of understanding the biodiversity of a region,” Convey told the New York Times. Or, where can I buy a moss plant that lived at the dawn of the Roman Republic?