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Ancient Microbes Ate Each Other's Corpses to Survive Beneath the Dead Sea

According to a new study published March 22, the survival of microbial life beneath the Dead Sea may have once even depended on eating the dead!

In their study, researchers from Switzerland and France analyzed long sediment cores drilled out of the center of the Dead Sea, and found evidence that ancient microbial life accumulated the energy it needed to survive by gobbling up bits of dead neighbors that couldn't hack the harsh conditions.

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons


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