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- n. A state of life, entered by some organisms, in which all metabolic activity is temporarily halted
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- n. a state in which an animal's metabolic activities come to a reversible standstill
The insects had survived through the millennia thanks a little trick known as cryptobiosis, which is employed by some simple creatures in real life to handle tough times.
Go and have a look on wikipedia, type "cryptobiosis".
The main characteristic that allowed un-hatched "Sea-Monkeys" to be cheaply packaged, shipped, and handled is that in easily prepared environments, they enter cryptobiosis, a natural state of suspended animation.
Sea-Monkeys have a biological life cycle of one year, but thanks to their ability to enter cryptobiosis, a Sea-Monkey colony could sustain itself for two years.
Hello, go to wikipedia, type cryptobiosis, and you'll find some interesting animal.
But you don’t have to crack open an mummy’s tomb to come face-to-face with cryptobiosis.