A Frozen Tardigrade, aka Water Bear, Has Been Brought Back to Life After 30 years!

And it hatched out 14 healthy babies…

by Bec Crew

A tardigrade that had been frozen solid for more than 30 years has been brought back to life by researchers in Japan, and has gone on to produce 14 healthy babies.

That’s record-smashing stuff right there, because before this tough little water bear came back to life, the world record for reviving a frozen tardigrade was nine years.

The researchers also thawed out an egg that was collected and frozen with the tardigrade in 1983, and not only did a healthy baby hatch from it six days later, but it went on to successfully produce offspring of its own…

(read more: Science Alert!)

photograph by Megumu Tsujimotoa et. al.