8-Legged Extremophile Freaks Will Outlive Humanity (& Maybe the Sun) (page 2)

Credit: Science Picture Co.After a massive asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, an estimated three-quarters of all plant and animal species went extinct. While scientists continue to study the K-T extinction event, as the cataclysmic episode is known, it is clear that astrophysical events have the potential to cause unfathomable damage to celestial bodies and anything living on them.Our mammalian ancestors survived the K-T extinction, but today’s mammals — including humans — would likely not be so fortunate should an event of greater scale happen again. The same holds true for birds, reptiles, and many of the world’s species. At least one animal, however, is predicted to survive nearly every natural disaster, except for the death of the sun. According to a new study published in Scientific Reports, that extraordinarily resilient creature is the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal that is also known as the water bear, space bear, and moss piglet. Whatever one wants to call i

Tardigrades will be the last survivors on Earth

Researchers from the University of Oxford found that tardigrades will exist for at least ten billion years and could live through an asteroid strike or the impact of a close-by exploding star. ...

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Daily Mail

Water bears may be the last species alive when the sun dies

We often talk about whether human beings can survive a cataclysmic space event, such as a large asteroid hitting the Earth. But even if we're wiped out, other life will go on. ...

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Engadget

This tiny creature can survive the risk of extinction posed from all known major astrophysical catastrophes, and suggests what one potential form of extraterrestrial life might look like.

Credit: Science Picture Co.After a massive asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, an estimated three-quarters of all plant and animal species went extinct. While ...

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Discovery News

The last survivors on Earth

From Eurekalert Public Release: 14-Jul-2017 University of Oxford The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will ...

Sun 16 Jul 17 from Watts Up With That?

The last survivors on Earth, Sun 16 Jul 17 from Astrobiology Magazine

The Last Survivors on Earth, Fri 14 Jul 17 from Laboratory Equipment

Tardigrades will be the last surviving creatures on earth after the sun dies

In the event that Earth is struck by an asteroid, the sun goes supernova or the planet is soaked in gamma ray bursts in an extreme energetic explosion, the last surviving creatures won't be ...

Fri 14 Jul 17 from Inhabitat

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