New Species Of Microscopic Organisms Discovered By Researchers

Posted: Sep 30 2015, 6:34am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 30 2015, 9:59pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


New Species of Microscopic Organisms Discovered by Researchers
A tardigrade has several legs. Credit: Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden/UNC Chapel Hill
  • Novel Type of Microscopic Animal Found by Team of Unity College Experts

A novel type of microscopic animal was found by a team of experts.

It is called a tardigrade and it is a microscopic animal that almost looks like a cute cuddly teddy bear. The surprising thing is that it can survive in the most harshest of environments.

Discovered off the coast of Maine, this minute creature was studied extensively by a team of scientists from Unity College. What they discovered was that it was a remarkable life form that was entirely new in its structural-functional properties. 

The scientific name of this strange species is Echiniscoides Wyethi. Its discovery has brought fame and fortune to Unity College. The college staff is determined in spreading environmentalism as a science and the professor who led the research efforts is now famous.

Commonly termed water bears, the tardigrades were collected by Dr. Emma Perry and her dedicated staff. Allen Island which is off the coast of Knox County was the provenance of this curious creature.

Perry is a marine biologist by profession and she gave this creature the name of Wyethi from the Wyeth family. The research effort has been published in a journal and Perry personally went to Italy to give a presentation on the new creature.

The head of a tardigrade is magnified 2,300 times. The microscopic animal also known as a water bear can survive in extreme conditions. Courtesy Unity College

Tardigrades have eight appendages and although they are microscopic in nature, they are such fuzzy wuzzy and roly poly creatures that you literally want to reach out and touch them. But you cannot touch them since you will feel nothing.

Their size is 0.039 of an inch which of course is very very small. Perry expatiated on these little bags of living fluid by saying that they were like the stuffed bears that children carried with them everywhere they went. But the only difference was that they had a few extra appendages, reported Portland Press Herald

These extraordinary creatures are to be found throughout the world. The really weird thing is that they can survive in the most extreme conditions. Besides among moss and lichens, they have been found in hot springs, tundra and deep in the ocean.

Even the Himalaya mountains are a most suitable habitat for these creatures. They are rough and tough animals that can build their home almost anywhere. These creatures were even sent off into outer space. There they were put in conditions of a complete vacuum and irradiated with harmful rays.

These animals can go without food, oxygen and water for a lengthy span of time. Once they were brought back to earth, scientists poured droplets of water on them and they revived and began their life cycle as if nothing had happened. It appears that they can completely switch off their metabolism at will.  

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