If there is complex life on another planet like Mars, it may look less like the big-eyed bipeds of sci-fi lore and more like a tiny, 500-micrometer long nematoda worm. A Princeton University team has discovered a new species of worm, termed Halicephalobus mephisto (after Faust's demon Mephistopheles), at depths so deep that it was thought multicellular life couldn't survive there.
H. mephisto was found thriving in three different gold mines in South Africa, where they've apparently been living in water and feeding off bacteria for thousands of years (carbon dating shows that they've been living at this depth for between 3000 and 12,000 years). Just how deep are they dwelling? H. mephisto was found as far down as 2.2 miles down, impressive considering that almost all multicellular life is found either on the surface or in the first 30 feet of the crust.
That's because the conditions down there aren't ideal for larger, complex organisms. It's hot (H. mephisto can survive in temperatures up to 109 degrees), there's no sunlight, little oxygen, and no food. Life down there is tough enough for single-celled organisms. Introduce the more complex energy needs of multicellular creatures to those environs, and very quickly the math doesn't add up.
But the finding of these multicellular, complex life forms at such depths has major implications for life in the universe. It proves that multi-celled organisms can subsist completely isolated form other complex ecosystems, existing on the energy scavenged from single-celled, microbial communities. That means that any planet where surface life spawned at some point in history could still harbor complex life deep beneath the surface, even if surface life there had been extinguished.
The editorial staff and subscribers to Popular Science may be interested in comments made by Lyn Buchannan in 1996 in his book entitled "The Seventh Sense". Lyn Buchannan is one of the "A team" of remote viewers from the US Department of Defense Project Center Lane, Project Grill Flame and Project Star Gate. Lyn Buchannan, Joseph McMoneagle (DOD remote viewer #1) and Ingo Swann all reported viewing life on Mars. In Lyn Buchannan's book he recounts how he was being tasked by a training person who was known for employing "esoteric" targets (e.g. the present location of Excalibur, The Ark of the Covenant, the Pyramid of Mars, etc..) that were normally considered out of bounds because they could not be confirmed by other means of intelligence gathering. In Buchannan's case he reluctantly viewed by unique geological features but also the presence of what he termed living and active segmented worms underground. Given Buchannan's, McMoneagles and Swann's proven ability it strongly begs the question is scientist now confirming what the DOD remote viewing squad already saw; Life on Mars sufficiently underground or deep within geological features as to shield the primitive life from the extremes of Mars low oxygen environment. It is worth asking the question again to the same group of folks with their unique abilities.
scientists found life in a place where they assumed life couldn't exist?! Shocking..........this has only happened dozens of time before this year. You'd figure they'd stop being surprised after awhile
Remote viewing is superstitious nonsense akin to astrology, it certainly has nothing to do with science. This is why it can't pass rigorously conducted randomised double blind trials. If Lyn Buchannan really has these supernatural powers she claims why hasn't she taken James Randi's million dollar challenge? If she doesn't want the money she can certainly give it to the charity of her choice, maybe an organisation researching remote viewing.
Inmagine a minor swollows one of those things accidently. Mmm, brings new meaning to TAPE WORM!
Why would a child be two miles underground? Oh...you meant a miner...
ha ha, yes a miner, not a minor..... you and my spelling crack me up. thank you.
Science: All life requires sunlight. There is no way something could live without it.
Nature: BAM! Tube worms next to hydrothermal deep-sea vents!
Science: Life cannot live past a certain depth.
Nature: BAM! Halicephalobus mephisto!
Nature: BRING IT ON!
yes. this can relate to my theory that there was once life on Mars. if life was extinguished there on the surface than life might live underground. the rovers can't search that deep in Mars.
Impressive to a biologist... not impressive to a cosmologist
This thing looks just like the sandworms from dune. I think Frank Herbert knew about these things and did tell us so we would think he was super original. I wonder what else from Dune is real.