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Water Bear Size Comparison

Tardigrades ( / ˈ t ɑːr d ɪ ɡ r eɪ d / ), known colloquially as water bears or moss piglets , [2] [3] [4] [5] are a phylum of water-dwelling eight-legged segmented micro-animals . [2] [6] They were first described by the German zoologist Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773, who called them little water bears . In 1777, the Italian biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani named them Tardigrada , which means "slow steppers". [7]


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