These past years have brought the idea of nuclear war from fiction to something most of us expect to happen sometime in the future. It would be a catastrophe, with countless deaths, destruction and it would probably erase life as we know it. Of course, the simplest way to avoid it would be for all of us to get along rather than resorting to launching nukes at each other, but if it does happen, and the earth becomes a frozen post-war place, does that also mean that everything would die? Although the human race probably wouldn’t be able to survive such a thing, the earth will still be populated, and here’s the ten species that will still be living even after the catastrophe hits.

The Amoeba

The Amoeba is known as the simplest form of life and the basis of all further life. It is so simple that it would have no problem surviving the radiation thanks to its ability to go into a dormant state where it curls up in a protective layer in which they can remain as long as needed. They’re also completely resistant to radiation and doesn’t have any problem with mutation considering they’re a single cell organism and can multiply as a way of reproduction.

The Cockroach

Cockroach is probably the most well known of all the species to potentially survive a nuclear war. These nasty little animals are capable of withstanding radiation and have been found not so far from where the Hiroshima bomb detonated, living freely and happily even when all other life was completely erased. The cockroach’s can be thankful for its ability to survive due to their slow growth rate as their cells reproduce every 48 hours and so the risk of mutation is lowered.

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