Loved the NY Times article! And the video from the NJ person - totally awesome.
Can I arrange to get the Tardigrade of the week photo emailed to me?
Did anyone sequence their DNA to figure out where they came from? They do have DNA - don't they? :)
Yes, they do.
The true Ruling Class of our planet. If aliens visited us and wanted to contact the dominant species they would call earth the planet of Tardigrades
I live in a national forest, and will be looking for these interesting creatures. Their resiliency is fascinating, and a good lesson for those of us who are so fussy about making everything conform to our narrow vision of " how it should be" versus using our own adaptability to see beyond our narrow "wants"
Your members might be interested to know that the New York Microscopical Society began holding "Water Bear Hunts" in the 1990s, first for NYMS members and their young relatives, then expanding to hold a few of these events at the New York Hall of Science (before its major renovation), later several times in Central Park (thanks to the Central Park Conservancy), and even once at the Mohonk Mountain House.
The Society's awareness and appreciation of tardigrades grew vigorously when Dr. William R. Miller became the go-to expert at some of our early Water Bear Hunts. He also presented a scientific talk about these animals at a meeting of NYMS held at the American Museum of Natural History. We are indebted to Dr. Miller for his generous assistance.
NYMS organizes these events whenever several microscope-savvy members and other volunteers are willing to commit, a few months in advance, to gather on the same date. For more information about NYMS please visit www.nyms.org.
Utterly amazing!Makes me really want to get to theMuseum of Natural History, one of New York's jewels.
I would like to see a scale on these photos to get a feel for the size of the adorable little creatures. How big or small are they?
I first heard about them in Neil deGrasse Tyson's remake of Cosmos.
As did we. So grateful to him for introducing so many to this incredible creature.
Loved the NY Times article! I first learned about tardigrades from Robin Kimmerer's lovely book "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses", and have been a fan ever since!
I share Beth's appreciation of Kimmerer's book, "Gathering Moss," because it helps to know what kinds of mosses to look for when you're on a tradigrade hunt.
There's a 19th century book that has a delightful description of tardigrades: "The Microscope, [...]," by the Hon. Mrs. Ward, who illustrated it almost entirely with her own drawings. The third edition was published in London in 1896. You don't have track down a copy of this Irish lady's book to read about her first encounter with a live tardigrade. Just click here: http://www.baertierchen.de/wb_apr01.html
Then linger to explore other parts of that totally tardigrade website!
Did you find a tardigrade? Not everyone has fancy microscopes so if you'd like us to take some nice pictures of your trophy please follow the instructions provided here.