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Oldest sperm ever found in Antarctica -- by accident

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 15 (UPI) -- A team of German and Swedish researchers say they didn't mean find the oldest sperm in the world; it was an accident.

That's what everyone says. No one admits to be searching for really old sperm. But then history is made, and it's all over the homepage of the science journals Biology Letters and Nature.

The ancient sperm, estimated to be 50 million years old, was found inside a fossilized worm cocoon retrieved from Seymour Island in the Antarctic.

"A 50-million-year-old worm sperm from Antarctica?" Benjamin Bomfleur, a scientists with the Swedish Museum of Natural History, told The Washington Post, laughing off the discovery. "Who would have thought that's possible?"

Bomfleur and his colleagues claim they were just looking small mammal bones. Right.



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