Tardigrades, a.k.a Water Bears

I am utterly confused as to how we consider ourselves the top rung of the evolutionary ladder when these creatures exist.

Water bears are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. They can survive temperatures close to absolute zero, temperatures as high as 151°C (303°F), 1,000 times more radiation than any other animal, nearly a decade without water, and can also survive in a vacuum like that found in space. -Wiki

Think of the big production involved in allowing a human to float through space…Tardigrades could just wander off the space ship naked and be no worse off for it. We would burn, freeze, mutate, dehydrate and in all other ways expire when exposed to a tiny fraction of what these little sweeties find quite comfortable.

Humbling, isn’t it?

One Response to “Tardigrades, a.k.a Water Bears”

  1. *adds water bear to big list of potential future band names* 😉

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