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Tardigrades (also known as water bears, space bears, or moss piglets) are water-dwelling, eight-legged, segmented micro-animals. They were first discovered by the German zoologist Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773. The name Tardigrada (meaning "slow stepper") was given three years later by the Italian biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani. They have been found everywhere from mountaintops to the deep sea, mud volcanoes, and from tropical rain forests to the Antarctic. Tardigrades are one of the most resilient animals known.

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