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Tardigrades will survive until the Sun dies
The last surviving species on Earth may well be the tardigrade
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The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.

I wonder what they'll evolve into in the far future.


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Re: Tardigrades will survive until the Sun dies
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Sadly, the little bears will die if they have nothing to eat.

And their toughness, while remarkable, may be a trifle exaggerated:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/are-tardigrades-really-that-tough/

Re: Tardigrades will survive until the Sun dies
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Sadly, the little bears will die if they have nothing to eat.

And their toughness, while remarkable, may be a trifle exaggerated:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/are-tardigrades-really-that-tough/

Scharf is comparing apples to oranges though. Candidatus  audaxviator is a procaryote, and tardigrades are eucaryotes.

Also not sure if he is taking pot-shots at the lay media, or scientists themselves? The scientific reports article on the tardies didn't seem over the top to me. Well, profs are often prima donnas, so that ain't news either. Nevertheless a useful heads-up on that Candidatus  audaxviator thingie.
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Re: Tardigrades will survive until the Sun dies
Reply #3
I thought they couldn't survive the loss of the oceans.  That will happen long before the sun dies.