Tardigrades are tiny, microscopic, cute, eight-legged micro-organisms that are potentially the pioneers of life on Earth. They are the toughest animals on the planet regardless of their size.
The tardigrades are as small as 0.002 inches and at maximum can grow up to 0.05 inches. They are usually never bigger than 0.04 inches.
Tardigrades are minuscule creatures that are at the edge of visibility for the normal human eye.
Tardigrades are barrel-shaped and are often nicknamed ‘water bears’ for their movement closely resembling a bear strolling around.
The actual word “tardigrade” means “slow-paced.”
Tardigrades can move their heads without depending on their bodies, and some have eyes
Tardigrades come out of their eggs with fully formed adult cells.
Scientists have found tardigrades in an Antarctic subglacial lake where evidence of life is very rare.