Behind the Scenes: Caves Reveal Evolution of Ancient Microbes
This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
Recently, caving expert Simone Cerioni guided Jenn Macalady of Pennsylvania State University and her team of scientists up a dark, steep slope in the Frasassi cave system in central Italy.
While climbing up a particularly difficult section, Cerioni turned around to check on the scientists scrambling below him, and noticed that their facial expressions — spotlighted by the narrow beams of their headlamps — seemed to ask him, "How do we get up this part?" Cerioni responded in his best Jedi English, "Use the force ...”