32. Triassic survivor

The 32nd chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Triassic survivor”.

Tadpole shrimp (Triops cancriformis) owns the record of permanence on the planet Earth. It has been living on Earth for more than 200 million years (from the Triassic period) with practically any change. It is a crustacean able to reach the 10 cm in length if it can live time enough. A very special characteristic of this crustacean is its ability to produce eggs which can resist long drought periods (even some decades) and extreme temperatures without lose the power to start its embryonic development when environmental conditions are good again.

This is the 32nd chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.