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    Ale Made from 40-Million-Year-Old Yeast

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    A brewer in Virginia has used a 40-million-year-old yeast to make beer.

    A brewer in Virginia has used a 40-million-year-old yeast to make beer.

    The ancient ingredient was scraped from a whale fossil, and in honor of that fact, the beverage is named Bone Dusters Paleo Ale.

    It wasn’t the brewer’s idea to make it, however. That honor goes to Jason Osborne, the director of an non-profit organization that works to advance the knowledge of paleontology and geology.

    He said he thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get people interested in fossils.

    And he didn’t choose just any old pile of bones to serve as the ancient yeast source for the brew.

    The whale from which the organic matter comes is one of the oldest known marine mammal fossils in the world.

    It was harvested and tested by a microbiologist and brew scientist from Lost Rhino Brewing Company.

    Both he and Osborne were hoping for something revolutionary, but the yeast itself is much like the everyday beer yeast use