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Huge prehistoric ants thrived in hot climate

Posted on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

The fossil of a giant ant that would have been the size of a hummingbird has been discovered.

Little is known of this giant species of ant other than that they would have migrated with the periods of extreme heat during the Eocene Era. Only a fossil queen has been discovered so far, with experts estimating that the workers may have been just as large, if not larger.

"A giant ant growing over 5cm (2in) long crossed the Arctic during hot periods in the Earth's history, scientists say, using land bridges between continents."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 14:41
i got it from a doc. on tv, and i know it isnt in the link. i just tried cucumber and sausage worms. sorry i just dont recall.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters on 5 May, 2011, 15:16
That's a shame. I've never heard of 'prince' ants before, maybe someone else looking at this thread has? "just tried cucumber and sausage worms". What do you mean, and what does that have to do with this topic?
Comment icon #13 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 15:38
i was trying to find the large male ant, but i cant remember the name. i thought it was one of those. as for prince ants, i have always called them prince and princess because that is the way i learned it. seems they have changed the terms to males and virgin queens.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Still Waters on 5 May, 2011, 15:54
I think I've just found it! Male driver ants, sometimes known as "sausage flies" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorylus Is that the name you were thinking of?
Comment icon #15 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 5 May, 2011, 16:09
One wonders with global warming what new territories the modern giant ants will move into in the future and what problems they will cause.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin on 5 May, 2011, 16:26
I remember I once started a thread, "Kerguelen...", about a submerged mini-continent the size of 3 times Japan in the southern Indian Ocean (20+ millions of years ago). I suggested at some moment that if there was ever an ancient and unknown civilization back then, it may well have been one by giant insects/termites/ants. Just a fantasy, though, and don't worry about my mental health, lol. Heh, and when I read "army ants", I always think of this video by Rammstein (and don't forget the part after 2:18 seconds): +++++++ EDIT: It was actually in another thread... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 16:26
yes it is thanks.
Comment icon #18 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 16:29
a single ant colony in europe has taken over. they say it is a single colony because the ants from different colonies react as if they are from the same one.
Comment icon #19 Posted by bulveye on 7 May, 2011, 14:53
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthur_chapman/3462169090/ ^^ biggest ants I've ever seen were these, they seem bigger when you stand on their nest outside your caravan whilst trying to have a wee in the middle of the night!!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by SolarPlexus on 8 May, 2011, 20:09
Add them to the !

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