Moss Piggies - The Tardigrade

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PostSat Nov 16, 2013 5:29 pm » by 99socks

OK, so this deserves the life-form of the year award! :D


Tardigrades (commonly known as waterbears or moss piglets) are small, water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals with eight legs.

Tardigrades are notable for being one of the most complex of all known polyextremophiles. An extremophile is an organism that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about 6 times stronger than pressures found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a person, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.....


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