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

Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

A tardigrade goes for a walk on 50 kPa gel, sagittal view. It’s not every day you get to watch a tardigrade go for a stroll on its eight stubby legs. Luckily, new research has captured their walk on video – and it’s adorable. Known for their incredible toughness, these tiny creatures are able to … Continue reading Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

How tardigrades survive in India

Tardigrades have always been known for their toughness, but now it seems they might be able to share a superpower. Sometimes known as water bears, these micro-organisms are found everywhere from Antarctica to volcanic vents and can survive conditions that would ordinarily be lethal, including extreme cold, heat pressure and lack of air. They even … Continue reading How tardigrades survive in India