Humans: We will survive!

Could people make it through the apocalypse? The fossil record says yes.

Annalee Newitz is the author of “Scatter, Adapt and Remember:
How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction,” and the editor-in-chief of

Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this article incorrectly described the evolutionary role of the lystrosaurus. Other related species in the synapsid family were what evolved into mammals.