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The freak, or indestructible 'moss piglet', shall inherit the Earth

If a monster space rock crashes into our planet or radiation from an exploding star boils our oceans, humans and most other life forms will disappear. Earth's designated heir is the tardigrade, a microscopic, grub-like, eight-legged animal that can live in water or on land, in extreme pressure high or low. Also known as a water bear or moss piglet, it can withstand sizzling heat, freezing cold, and high radiation, 30 years without food, and even being dried to a crisp.
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