A worm? a robot? Just what Is This?


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A worm? a robot?

photo- Images of Evolution's Extreme Oddities

Images of Evolution’s Extreme Oddities

Credit: From WTF, Evolution?! – Workman Publishing. Water bear or Tardigrade (Paramacrobiotus craterlaki) in moss. Photo © Eye of Science/Science Source

Paramacrobiotus craterlaki

“Okay, this is it. I just came up with the greatest animal yet.”

“This should be good.”

“It’s called a tardigrade. It’s only half a millimeter long, so it’s basically invisible.”

“I see.”

“It has sharp claws for grabbing onto anything and a suction mouth for feeding.”

“Sounds reasonable.”

“But here’s the cool part: It can survive pretty much anything! Drying out? Freezing? Extreme radiation? It doesn’t care. It just hunkers down and waits it out, then pops back to life later on.”

“Huh. I guess that’s kinda cool.”

“And it can even survive in the vacuum of outer space.”

“What? Why would it possibly need to survive in outer space?”

“You never know.”

photo- Images of Evolution's Extreme Oddities

Images of Evolution’s Extreme Oddities

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