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Tardigrades - the Practically Indestructible Nano-Creature

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Author: Ellie Livitsanou

Editors: Tharindi Jayatilake and Kira Tian

Artist: Allegra Williams

I know of a secret creature you probably have never heard of. They’ve been around for about 600 million years (beating dinosaurs by 200 million years!). They survive extreme heat, withstand extreme cold and live just about everywhere- from the coldest to the warmest climates. They can survive radiation, space, intense pressure, and EVEN 30 years without food or water. They have been revived from over 120 years ago! What are these practically invincible creatures? Take a guess! If you guessed tardigrades- you are correct! These creatures were discovered in 1773 by Johann August Ephraim Goeze, a German pastor, who described them as ‘’little water bears’’. Cute, right? But how do they survive?