Water bears will survive the end of the world as we know it

Only one calamity could kill tardigrades — and chances of that happening are slim

tardigrade

LIFE GOES ON  They may look like microscopic caterpillars, but don’t let their quaint appearance fool you — water bears are no joke. These creatures, shown here in a 3-D rendered illustration, will probably soldier on long after humans are gone.

3Dstock/Shutterstock

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Animals

From the Nature Index

Paid Content