Why tiny tardigrades walk like insects 500,000 times their size

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Pudgy, ungainly tardigrades are among the smallest legged animals on Earth, and these microscopic water bears lumber around like chubby-thighed toddlers. But most creatures as small as tardigrades don’t even have legs, so scientists recently analyzed tardigrades in motion to better understand how they use their limbs. 

Tardigrades, also known as moss piglets, have segmented bodies and four pairs of legs. They scoot through deep sea sediments and sandy river bottoms, and scurry over lichens and moss on land, scampering toward prospective mates and food or away from predators. 

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