Laziness prolongs life- new study finds

Has there been anytime you remained in bed but felt you were wasting away and decided to engage in something active?

Well, you will have to think over it again as a new scientific finding says being lazy is a good way to elongate your life.

Researchers have found that species with a higher metabolic rate are more prone to extinction than those which are a little lazier.

In the findings published in the Journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, it notes that laziness guarantees better chances of survival.

The team of experts studied molluscs which showed that species with low energy expenditure survived for a lot longer than those that had higher energy.

Luke Strotz, a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, said in a press release: “Those that have lower energy maintenance requirements seem more likely to survive than those organisms with a higher metabolic rate,” Independent UK reports.

The researchers now hope to apply the study to other species that are on the verge of extinction.

While contributing to this, Bruce Lieberman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology said “Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish — the lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive.

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“Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish.”

Although the study does state that there are a number of reasons as to why certain species are more at risk of extinction than others, discovering that metabolism plays a part in survival will help improve the accuracy of determining the probability of extinction.

However, metabolic rate is considered to be less of a factor for species that cover a large number of habitats and ecosystems but the link between metabolism and extinction is more common in creatures with a low distribution of energy.

In conclusion, the experts added that they will have to examine the connection between metabolism and extinction in other animal groups to understand the sensation further.

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