Alright, for those of you who prefer accuracy in your statement: no, they’re not really the pinnacle of evolution, for after all the theory somewhat precludes such a notion. But they are remarkably resilient. I had a few doozies in the kitchen of an ancient house I inhabited at one point in Cape Town, and I can confidently say that they’re well-nigh unstoppable, particularly if they’re big and old.
Back to the point of the post, though: it’s come to light (unlike the creatures themselves) that not only are they capable of withstanding nuclear fallout, but that they could also survive climate change. Apparently, they are able to hold their breath in order to conserve water loss – a particularly useful trait in Australia, where the research was conducted.
I’ll happily admit I quite admire them. They’re a brilliant example of how 250 million years of evolution can give one, if not backbone, then at least a pretty remarkable exoskeleton.