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Published on Oct 19, 2017
A mile under the Earth’s crust, inside the gold mines of South Africa, lie the deepest living animals on the planet. These creatures are called nematodes, and they’re the tiniest multicellular worms on Earth.
The discovery of these worms thriving in extreme Earth environments previously deemed uninhabitable has opened up clues and implications for potential non-intelligent extraterrestrial life.
The nematode that Belgian zoologist Gaetan Borgonie discovered was nicknamed the “Devil Worm,” because it was found over two miles underground at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.