Ancient humans – and dormice – might unlock the key to long space flights

Ancient humans and dormice appear to have something in common and it might pave the way for scientists to figure out how we survive years in space. Many of the bones of ancient humans (and Neanderthals) from between 400 and 600,000 years ago, hibernated to cope with the extreme winters of that period. This could help us work out how to keep humans alive and healthy on long space flights. And the fact that ancient humans seem to have had it in them to do it, makes the impetus to research it all the greater. Why should we not believe that discoveries about ancient humans and how they hibernated takes us one step closer to piecing the clues together and winning the treasure hunt?

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