A 3D-rendered illustration of a tardigrade a.k.a. water bear a.k.a. moss piglet. (3Dstock/Shutterstock)
Microscopic tardigrades, Earth’s most resilient species, were aboard a privately funded Israeli spacecraft
Thousands of ancient, eight-legged, nigh-indestructible creatures have crash-landed on the moon — and they’ll probably be there long after the human species is wiped off the face of the Earth. They’re called tardigrades, and 10,000 of them were suspended in artificial amber and loaded … [more…]
When you put a tardigrade under a microscope, you never know what you’re going to get. These weird-looking ‘water bears’ are some of the strangest creatures on the planet, and they are constantly surprising us. Even once you see them with your own eyes, it can be hard to figure out what the heck is going on.
Biologist Rafael Martín-Ledo has been studying marine microfauna such as tardigrades for years, … [more…]
It’s not often that a microscopic organism gains celebrity status, but that’s exactly what tardigrades have managed to accomplish. The tiny organisms often called “water bears” due to their stout body shapes, have gained popularity thanks to their undeniable cuteness and incredible resiliency. Considered “micro-animals,” tardigrades are thought to date back as far as 530 million years and they’re still around today.
Now, an entirely new species of the tiny … [more…]