Tagged With mass extinctions

At the end of the Cretaceous era, a large meteorite ploughed into what is now Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The collision set off a chain reaction of environmental calamities that likely contributed to the demise of the dinosaurs. New research is now adding to the list of ensuing catastrophes, suggesting the collision cracked our planet's seafloor like an egg, forcing magma to pour out along the ocean's tectonic ridges.

Hindsight is 20/20. Maybe you'd be more productive if you didn't stay up until 3 am binge watching Stranger Things. Maybe you'd be a Nobel-winning scientist if you didn't smoke too much pot during undergrad and sleep through your lectures. Maybe the dinosaurs wouldn't have gone extinct if the giant meteor hit...somewhere else.

Microscopic tardigrades, also known as "water bears", are the toughest animals on the planet, capable of withstanding intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space. In a fascinating new study, researchers have shown that tardigrades are poised to survive literally anything that nature throws at them -- and that of the animals alive today, they will be the last ones standing before the Sun annihilates the Earth billions of years from now.

It's a widely accepted fact that we're screwed. That's sort of in a general sense. You, reader, are certainly not making it past 2100. And civilisation? Maybe it will meet its maker from superbugs and nuclear war in 50 years, or sea level rise in a few centuries. Maybe it will be an asteroid in a thousand years, or the Sun engulfing the planet in a few billion. Or, maybe a new mass extinction event will result in a lizard-pocalypse, which is basically what happened in Australia 35 million years ago.