Scientists at The Institute of Cell Biophysics were left red-faced today after their successful resuscitation of a 30,000 year old fruit plant turned out to be the latest instalment of animated blockbuster series "Ice Age".
Concerns were raised about the revelation's validity by BBC after numerous failed attempts to secure an exclusive interview with the ICB Director of Research, as Kirsty Wark later revealed:
"At first I thought they were hardballing us, playing hard to get in an attempt to start a bidding war" The Newsnight empresaria said. "However it soon became apparent that our contact details for the ICB included, and were in fact limited to, the name 'Sid'. Fatally, we assumed it was an acronym Sciences Itellectual Leader".
The gaffe was eventually uncovered when closer scrutiny of the grainy footage of the expedition revealed it to be a feature-length animated children's film, also available in 3D.
BBC chiefs, apparently unperturbed by the setback, released a statement claiming they would continue to pursue the story in an attempt to uncover the truth. The statement concluded:
"Jeremey Paxman will be interrogating a squirrel-suit-laden Ray Romano tonight, as originally scheduled. Anything less would be a gross dissipation of tax payers money."