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Microscopic Tardigrade ‘Water Bears’ Will Be the Last Survivors on Earth

This 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.

Published On 07/14/2017
5:00 AM EDT
A A fter 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.
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