Dziadek is an ancestor of the Tardigrade. Johnathan Dream, a paleontologist that mainly studies microorganism fossils, recently became attracted to finding a fossil record for the Tardigrade’s ancestors. In the tropical forest of Southeast Asia, Dream found many fossils of the microscopic Dziadek. Alongside the fossils of the Dziadek, Dream found a fossil of an ameba that eats other microorganisms and is still around today, called Chasseur. The prey Chasseur hunts consists of brightly colored microorganisms because the microorganism Chasseur is only capable sensing bright colored microorganisms. Dream was able to find out the color of the microorg...
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...o see it. Darwin’s theory of natural selection states organisms that have favorable traits survive and the organisms that don’t have favorable traits do not survive. The gray Dziadek could not leave the rain forest of Southeast Asia because they had no protection from huge raindrops that knocked them off trees. Over generations the gray Dziadek grew longer and stronger hooks to stay connected to the trees. Darwin’s theory of natural selection also states organisms’ structure evolves an organism to allows it to better survive in that area. Scientists created a chart to map out the lineage of the Tardigrade. The chart mapped out certain traits that scientist knew evolved from distant relatives of the Tardigrade. It would be interesting if humans could uncover how the Tardigrade evolved and encompass the traits that allowed Tardigrades to survive such harsh conditions.
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