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Tardigrade discovered in 16-million-year-old amber a ‘once in a generation’ find

The microscopic “water bear” fossil is as about as rare as they come.

This lateral view of Paradoryphoribius chronocaribbeus shows how it looks with a stereomicroscope.

A long, long time ago, a miniscule animal met its end in a sticky trap of tree resin. Sixteen million years later, that tiny tardigrade fossil was discovered in Dominican amber. It’s now something of a science celebrity. Talk about a glow-up.

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