Moss piglets, water bears also known as tardigrades live everywhere from 5 miles below ocean seas to 6 miles high on mountain tops and everywhere in between.
In cryptobiotic form (an unwalking dead - or fake-dead state) tardigrades can be freeze dried and revived to their original condition, no harm done.
Tardigrades can survive boiling at 302°F, being frozen at-459.04°F, survive pressures up to 87,022.6 pounds per square inch. Water bears can live for more than 10 years without food or water. These teensy critters also can resist X-rayes with enough rads that would kill 1,000 humans.
Some moss pigglet fossils date from the Cambrian period 530 million years ago.
Questions About Tardigrades
How many of these tiny creatures exist on the planet. I guesstimate there are trillions of tardigrades and that just might be a low estimate.
How many water bears are consumed by humans every day? Ewwwww! Yes, tardigrades live on vegetables, lettuce, spinach, broccoli and so on and all the rinsing in the world won't shake those radiation-sucking space piglets off their perch. They are harmless, consider them extra protein.
So, since it's nearly impossible to kill tardigrades, when humans eat these tiny tardigrades do the little creatures die or just enjoy an internal vacation trip thruogh our digestive systems, visit a few relatives and meet new friends. That's a good question :-)
Good reference links if you want to know more about tardigrades.
- Tardigrade Taxonomy
- What are those... tardigrades???
- Status of the Tardigrada: Evolution and Ecology
- Tardigrade Genome - It's Even Weirder Than You Might Think
- Tardigradawater Bears
Materials To Keep On Hand
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.
- Types of Paper:
- Construction - many colors
- Copier - many colors
- Cardstock - many colors
- Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
- Foam craft sheets - many colors
- Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
- Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
- Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
- Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
- Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
- Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
- Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
- Chalk - many colors
- Colored pencils - many colors
- Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
- Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
- Straws - paper not plastic
- Tooth picks - age appropriate
- Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
- Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
- Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
- Wine corks
- Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
- Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
- Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
- Silicon molds and release spray
- Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
- Decal sheets for window decals
- Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
- Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
- Plain tee shirts