Tardigrade: The animal that can return from the dead


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Freeze them. Boil them. Crush them. They will survive through it all. Meet the animal that can return from the clutches of death.

A Tardigrade is a tiny, microscopic, aquatic animal that is apparently indestructible. Thousands of tardigrades were attached to a satellite in 2007 and blasted into space. When the satellite was back, it was found that that many of them had survived and had even laid eggs in space.

This 1mm long animal is the only species to have survived all five extinctions known to man.

Apart from the harsh outer space, these organisms are adept at living in some of the harshest regions of our planet. Be it up the lofty peaks of the Himalayas or the bottom of the ocean. They can withstand huge amounts of radiation and being frozen almost to absolute zero.

Its ability to change its form in extreme conditions has intrigued scientists for years.

Seems like these 500 million years old organisms aren’t going anywhere.

Source:- TOI

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