Paleontological Journal

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 572–577 | Cite as

Viable eukaryotes of the phylum Amoebozoa from the Arctic permafrost

  • L. A. ShmakovaEmail author
  • E. M. Rivkina


Viable amoeboid protists were isolated from the Arctic Late Pleistocene and Holocene permafrost sediments many of them belong to new species. The diversity of amoebae in the permafrost is rather low in comparison with that of modern tundra soils. The genus Acanthamoeba appears most widespread in the permafrost sediments under study. The amoebae under study are stable with reference to stressful effects; the cysts of fossil amoebae examined successfully survived under conditions of the free space.


Amoebozoa Acanthamoeba metagenome cysts permafrost Arctic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia

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