Earth's most extreme lifeforms


29 Responses to “Earth's most extreme lifeforms”

  1. Takuan says:

    pah! find me an honest man in congress and I’ll be impressed

  2. gwax says:

    Microbes are great and all but, if you’re interested in cool extremophiles, allow me to bring Tardigrades (aka. water bears) to your attention. Tardigrades are one of, if not the, most hardy and extremophilic animals found on Earth.

    Quoting wikipedia: “Water bears are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. They can survive temperatures close to absolute zero, temperatures as high as 151°C (303°F), 1,000 times more radiation than any other animal, nearly a decade without water, and can also survive in a vacuum like that found in space.”

  3. Antinous says:

    Note from Phyllis Diller:

    Nature couldn’t possible abhor a vacuum as much as I do.

  4. Metostopholes says:

    I happened to see a bit of some show on the Discovery Channel where they were talking about glacial Ice Worms, which are quite interesting. They live at constantly near-0°C, and they actually melt if above 5°C. Maybe that’s not very hardy, but it’s pretty damn cool.

    Then they abruptly started talking about some climbing expedition, and I lost interest.

  5. Stefan Jones says:

    #4: You meant to comment on another article, right?

    Unless you’ve got an axe to grind and want everyone to know it.

  6. Enochrewt says:

    #4: [Klaxons Sound] Alert! Alert! You are entering unnecessarily controversial territory! TURN BACK NOW!

  7. Peter K. says:

    @ #4:
    I can’t see how this proves that human activities aren’t influencing the climate in significant ways.

    It also sounds like you’re blurring the confusing the survivability of a few hardy or extreme-adapted organisms with the balance of every ecological system on the entire planet.

    Most likely no matter what happens to the biosphere some form of life will survive. The question is what proportion of currently existing vertebrate, macroscopic, or even multi-cellular organisms will adjust to the transition?

  8. merreborn says:

    The headline is a bit off though, reading: “The most extreme-life forms in the universe.” Of course, studying these unusual organisms could give scientists insight into what life might exist on other planets, but all of the creatures in this article are found right here at home

    Really??!! Please, tell me “Miss Universe” is still actually the most attractive woman in the universe!

  9. Antinous says:

    Thread hijacker thwarted. Sorry if I’ve orphaned everybody else’s comments.

  10. EH says:

    I’ll show you controvery. Nothing is more extreme than this dude:

  11. Xopher says:

    Merreborn…sorry to tell you this, but she’s not even the most attractive human woman in the universe. Or the galaxy.

    Or on the planet, in my own opinion, but that’s a little more controversial.

  12. Contrasoma says:

    #10: Alright, who gave Rob Liefeld a job in genetic engineering?

  13. Takuan says:

    I’m waiting for confirmation of extremophile life off-world. I really, really want to see how the bible thumpers handle it. And the koran whackers and torah tossers too.

  14. GregLondon says:

    eh@10, photoshop

  15. noen says:

    Metostopholes — ever see the movie “Touching the Void“? That’ll hold your attention.

  16. Peter K. says:

    @ #12: Not sure why extremophile vs. non-extremophile off world life makes a difference.
    But depending on your definition of “bible thumper” they’ve already covered it.

  17. Takuan says:

    the vatican buys brains, I’m looking forward to being amused by the dull witted evangelists

  18. Marilyn Terrell says:

    Yeah, extreme places like the Altiplano in South America with the largest salt flats and bubbling lava, and which looks like some other planet in these National Geo photos by George Steinmetz:

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  20. Takuan says:

    that was quick! hardly a trace of smelly green slime even.

  21. Antinous says:

    Gone to that undiscovered database from whose bourn no spammer returns. Did you get a date before I nuked it?

  22. drose2500 says:

    wait wait wait if there is an ocean under jupiters ice and its -90degrees then how is the water not ice also lol?

  23. Takuan says:

    it’s called “physics” and “chemistry”

  24. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Dang, what is it about this thread that attracts weird hostile anonymous comments? There are strange lifeforms lurking beneath the surface, down in the MT4 GUI.

  25. noen says:

    We know that there is water (ice) on Mars and we also now know that the Martian soil could support life. It would no longer surprise me if we did find life on Mars. While everyone here is nerdy and sciency and all that, discovering life on Mars would truly be the event of the millennium. I think it would cause a good deal of social upheaval.

  26. Antinous says:

    I, for one, welcome our new Martian asparagus. What if they had said Brussels sprouts?

  27. Xopher says:

    Noen, I hope you’re right and I hope it does.

  28. paulm says:

    Note to Wikipedia:

    Space isn’t a vacuum. Atoms just far apart.

  29. Camilo says:

    Well, duh.

    Life always finds a way…

    At least thats what the hollywood movies say.

    No, really, cool!

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