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Saturday, 17 November 2007

Who is this?

Did you recognize it?

It's one of the most interesting animals on the Earth!

Tardigrades (Known as water bears or moss piglets)

Discovered by Johann August Ephraim Goeze, an aquatic zoologist, in 1773, today the scientists know over 900 species of water bears. They live in Himalaya over 6000 meters and in the oceans on 4000 meters depth.

Freeze them, boil them, dry them, expose them to open space & radiation - after 200 years they'll still be alive! -writes an article in They survive at -272 and +181 degrees Celsius and 5,700 grays of radiation (10-20 grays can easily kill a human and most animals.), for a decade with no water and in vacuum (space).

These tiny organisms can be found everywhere - in fact, there are probably hundreds just a few meters from where you are standing. -says the article. These animals are 1-1,5 mm long. They will be alive when all others will be dead.

And now you know it! Is it not amazing?

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