New species of ancient tardigrade found preserved in amber

A brand-new species of ancient tardigrade has been discovered in 16-million-year-old Dominican amber. The newly found fossil, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society, dates back to the Miocene epoch, looks like a modern-day tardigrade, and represents a whole new genus and species: Paradoryphoribius chronocaribbeus (aka beusty boi). This is only the third tardigrade amber … Continue reading New species of ancient tardigrade found preserved in amber

Rotifers survive being frozen for 24,000 years

Resurrected and hardier than a tardigrade, rotifers are the new bad boy from the (ice) block. A new paper, published in Current Biology, described how microscopic animals, called Bdelloid rotifers, were thawed out after being in the ancient Siberian permafrost for 24,000 years – and they didn’t mind one bit. Fast Facts: Rotifers These microscopic … Continue reading Rotifers survive being frozen for 24,000 years