The researchers came across the tardigrade while looking for fossilized ants.
Perhaps the epitome of the cute-ugly, creepy-cool divide, tardigrades are marvels of nature. The microscopic creatures, also called water bears, are known as much for their pudgy, almost comical, appearances as their ability to survive almost anything thrown there way, from starvation to radiation. When it comes to tardigrades, Live Science leaves no micro-stone unturned. Here's the latest news on all things tardigrades, from recent discoveries, to dissections of their oddities, to breakdowns of various mysteries.
Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals that are almost indestructible and can even survive in outer space.
Indestructible tardigrades will be subject to a series of experiments at the International Space Station to reveal how they survive in extreme environments.
Tardigrades, those adorable, chubby water bears, are notoriously hardy — and they can even survive being shot out of a gun, up to a point.
New images of the solar surface, the closest ever seen, included a flaw that resembled a tardigrade.
A tardigrade, a mouse brain and a wasp ovary were some of the standout images in a contest celebrating the beauty in the very small.
Scientists deciphered a key ingredient in tardigrades' arsenal of superpowers, learning how a unique protein in microscopic water bears provides protection from harmful radiation.
We bought a bunch of tardigrades online (thanks, internet!) and tried to see them with six inexpensive microscopes. Here is what we discovered.