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Awesome facts about the Tardigrade, except for the last few "facts". They may be "ancient," but only by thousands of years - not millions.


Tardigrades in Space - black fabric by pinky_wittingslow on Spoonflower - custom fabric

from Society6

Tardigrade Art Print by Jonnakonna

Tardigrade Art Print

from Sploid

This little alien monster is fundamental to cancer research

This is a tardigrade. You can boil them, freeze them to near absolute zero…

from io9

Award-winning images of some of the world's smallest life forms

A new favorite creature in space + everyplace- Tardigrade! 'This little critter is known as a water bear or a #Tardigrade. In 2008 they were the first #animal demonstrated to be able to survive the vacuum of space. They are virtually indestructible survive being blasted w radiation, intense pressures & years of desiccation. Specimens were launched into #space by Swedish scientists & they returned unharmed after 8 days. #microscopic #microbiota #survivor #creature #curiosity #strange #weird

from BuzzFeed

17 Things That Prove Tardigrades Are Basically Superheroes

They're the only animals that can survive in space. | 17 Things That Prove Tardigrades Are Basically Superheroes


[ tardigrades tardigrade water bear (jpg, 100 k)] Water Bear color litho from the 19th century.

from wikiHow

How to Find and Care for a Pet Tardigrade (Water Bear)

Find and Care for a Pet Tardigrade ( Water Bear ) Step 7.jpg


1. Giant yellow water bear (Richtersius coronifer); 2. Large carnivorous water bear (Milnesium tardigradum); 3. Tidal water bear (Echiniscoides sigismundi sigismundi); 4. Turtle water bear (Echiniscus testudo); 5. Balloon water bear (Tanarctus bubulubus).

from Mail Online

This will bug you... The indestructible micro-animals that can survive the vacuum of space - and most of them are after your blood

Water Bear ~ microorganism