In the famous words of Ian Malcolm, the charismatic mathematician played by Jeff Goldblum in the 1993 Sci-Fi thriller Jurassic Park, life always finds a way. And, according to recent findings, it doesn't take too long for that to happen.
A new study uncovered that life found a way to recover only 10 years after the dinosaurs were obliterated, reports Forbes.
The research, published yesterday in the journal Nature, uncovered that life re-spawned in the Chicxulub crater "surprisingly fast" after the dinosaur extinction — about 10 times faster than in other impact craters around the world.
After the Chicxulub asteroid hammered our planet some 66 million years ago and wiped out all dinosaurs except the avian ones, destroying nearly 75 percent of life on Earth, the first to return to the area — the Cretaceous-period region that is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico — were small shrimp and worms.
These creatures were already busy burrowing inside the walls of the submerged impact crater two to three years after the asteroid struck, notes Phys.org.
"We found life in the crater within a few years of impact, which is really fast, surprisingly fast," said study lead author Chris Lowery, from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.
"It shows that there's not a lot of predictability of recovery in general," Lowery pointed out, referring to the widespread theory that life takes longer to recolonize the sites closest to an asteroid impact due to the release of harmful substances, such as toxic metals, that poison the environment.