Tardigrade (a.k.a. “water bear” a.k.a. “moss piglet”) extravaganza!

Introduction: Tardigrades are microscopic animals and they are awesome.  They can withstand more abuse than any other known animal.  They can tolerate heat, cold, dehydration, and even the vacuum of space!  But they are not extremophiles (critters that love environments … Continued

Humanity’s oldest ancestor was a tiny Packman-like sack with bad breath

Introduction: Scientists (Han et al., 2017) have just discovered well-preserved fossilised remains of humanity’s oldest ancestor (Figure 1).  The little dude—your greatest grand pappy—was called Saccorhytus coronarius. Details: Where, when and how old? S. coronarius lived in the seafloor during … Continued

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