16,000-year-old kelp found in Scotland

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Scientists have found a type of kelp that’s around 16,000 years old!

A team from Heriot-Watt University think the type of seaweed has survived since the last Ice Age.

Scientists will now investigate how it has survived for so long, especially focusing on how marine plant life survives extreme changes in climate.

They found it off the coast of Scotland, Ireland and around Brittany in France.

One of the marine ecologists said, “Kelp plays a critical role in the Atlantic so it is important to understand what affects its distribution and survival over time and how sensitive it is to change.”

There are around 30 different types of kelp, and the one that scientists found in this case is called oarweed.

10 Responses

  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!! 16,000 YEARS!!!!!!! thats a long time
    I wonder if it could last for longer then 16,000 years

  2. thanks for giving this to us for school learning and where at St joseph school onehunga

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