These industrious creatures are already lauded as one of the world’s most adaptable species. As some of the planet’s oldest known insects, ants were recognized for their can-do attitude way back when the Greeks were writing their famous myths. Their colonial culture means that ants already know how to work together to guarantee survival of their Queen, and thus the species. There are approximately 20,000 different species of ant, with colonies of millions located all over the world. They were here long before humans, and the odds are good that they’ll be here long after.
Called one of the world’s most resilient and versatile species, algae is a strong contender in the race to survive climate change. Why? Well for starters, algae is an incredibly simple organism. Consisting of just a single cell, algae only needs a tiny amount of water, sunlight and nutrients to grow and multiply. Once of the few species that has been around since the beginning of evolution (remember the primordial slime?), there are over 200,000 varieties known to man. The chances of more than a couple making it through are pretty good.
As gross as they may appear, you’ve got to applaud the resilience of the cockroach. The bane of residential exterminators, these creepy crawlers have an amazing ability to survive in the most dire of circumstances. In laboratory experiments performed at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., entomologist Christopher Tipping discovered that American cockroaches could survive for several weeks in a jar after having their heads removed and the wound sealed with dental wax! Often cited as the species most likely to endure a nuclear attack, climate change will be a walk in the park for the durable cockroach.
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