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Life at the extreme

Yellowstone Park - Credit: "Jurvetson" via Flickr, under a CC-BY license.Living creatures can be found thriving in the harshest of environments - from the deepest parts of the ocean to dry arid deserts, and even in the vacuum of space.
 
How life evolved and adapted to survive and thrive in extreme environments is just as fascinating as finding them there in the first place. This collection of articles examines life (whether microbial or macro) in all extreme environments and how these lifeforms adapted to their environment, providing us with the evolutionary insights that may be crucial in the face of a rapidly changing climate. The specific ecophysiology of these species are key to understanding how to generate energy from non-traditional sources, and a stronger understanding of the very earliest days of life itself.

Extremophiles are specifically adapted to their particular niche environment; with many evolutionary adaptations allowing anaerobes, thermophiles and halophiles to flourish in these environments.

We cordially invite research and review papers in this new cross-journal series, looking at the mechanistic adaptation of any species which thrive in extreme environments. Submissions are welcomed to Zoological Letters and Microbiome, and its two sister journals: Environmental Microbiome and Animal Microbiome.

This series will be edited by the main editors for each journal, and will be open for submissions until 31st December 2019. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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