The Ultimate (And Cutest) Survivor: The Water Bear, Moss Piglet, Tardigrade
In Coffee and Complain, we actually don’t complain this week, instead we talk Halloween and October, the best holiday and month, respectively, of the year. Do you believe in ghosts? Find out if Jennifer and Amber do.
This week’s topic is the world’s ultimate survivor, Tardigrades, also called water bears or moss piglets (isn’t moss piglet the cutest name ever). Tardigrades are a phylum of over 1,000 water-dwelling, micro-animals that have been found everywhere on Earth, including Antarctica and the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. They can survive extreme heat and cold, extreme pressure or lack of pressure (think outer space), almost complete dehydration, and radiation levels that would kill most animals. Tardigrades have survived all of Earth’s five mass extinctions. Each time they survived an extinction, the Tardigrades have become stronger and more likely to survive another mass extinction, and will definitely outlast humanity. So put on your headphone, or not, and learn about the Moss Piglets that almost never die from anything other than age.
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