The ancient predator's eyes likely mirror the smaller and much simpler eyes of modern-day tardigrades
and velvet worms, (http://www.
are as close to indestructible as it gets on Earth, but it is possible that there are other resilient species examples elsewhere in the universe.
Remember that story about the tardigrade
genome being about 17% foreign DNA?
Four papers have been published on the terrestrial tardigrades
of Georgia (Bernard 1977; Christenberry 1979; Christenberry and Mason 1979; Hinton and Meyer 2009).
Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals and tardigrades
are a class of microorganisms found abundantly in nature in regions spanning most climatic zones and altitudes across our seven continents.
That included DNA from tardigrades
, also known as water bears, the tiny creatures that look like one-eyed extraterrestrial grizzlies when seen under an electron microscope.
Protists, nematodes, rotifers, small crustaceans, tardigrades
, gastrotrichs, turbellarians, oligochaetes, and insect larvae are regularly found from psammon habitats (Thane-Fenchel, 1968; Whitman and Clark, 1984; Schmid-Araya, 1998, Kotwicki et al.
Certain water-dwelling organisms, including hydra, planarian flatworms, tardigrades
, and Turritopsis jellyfish, also pass the hundred-year mark with ease.
Effects of climate change on soil fauna; responses of Enchytraeids, Diptera larvae and tardigrades
in a transplant experiment.
This paper contains the first record of tardigrades
from these two islands.
Only nematodes, rotifers, and tardigrades
are well known for their anhydrobiotic abilities and abundance in dry lichens and mosses.