—it’s an anaerobe—
(“βehemoth doesn’t just predate other life, it predates photosynthesis. It predates oxygen. It’s over four billion years old. And all the other really ancient bugs we’ve found, the Archaebacteria and the Nanoliths and so forth, they’re still anaerobes to this day. You only find them in reducing environments. And yet here’s βehemoth, even older, and oxygen doesn’t bother it at all…
—and they found it on the Juan de Fuca Ridge — less than 200km, in fact, from where Starfish places Beebe Station. There’s speculation that life itself got started down there, that this bug beneath the seabed could be not only the most ancient form of life on the planet but might also comprise the planet’s biggest ecosystem. That system would, however, be very much simpler than the sort we’re used to despoiling way up here—
Oh: and they’re bringing it back.
They haven’t named it yet. I know what I’d call it.
Let’s just hope the parallels stop there.