Massive Squash Saved from Extinction, Thanks to Science

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This squash is a time traveler. It is the first squash grown of this varietal in nearly 800 years. Thanks to a discovery of preserved squash seeds during an archaeological dig in the territory of the First Nations in Canada, you might be seeing this squash at your farmers market in the future.

Students at Canadian Mennonite University took charge of the seeds and were able to successfully grow a squash from them.

The students and university will continue the project and grow more squash from the first one, with the aim of continuing the chain, and preventing this variety from ever going extinct again.

We hope they’ll be sending some of those seeds to a seed bank to be properly preserved over time as well.

Read more: Students revive extinct squash with 800-year-old seeds from Mother Nature Network