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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.

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

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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

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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).

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"Tardigrades are microscopic animals that live in moss and the muddy sand on beaches. They can survive high temperatures, freezing, and crushing pressures by drying themselves up into a little hard ball, called a tun. Stick a tun in water and [...] it will rehydrate and regenerate back into a tardigrade. [...] It may well be the most adorable genome on Earth."

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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

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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

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