Sunday, October 22, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Huge prehistoric ants thrived in hot climate

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


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
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."

  View: Full article

 Source: BBC News


  Discuss: View comments (20)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 14:41
Where did you get that from? It's not in the link you posted and I'm sure we'd all be interested to read more about this piece of info. 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
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. 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
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? 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 just tried cucumber and sausage worms. sorry i just dont recall. i was trying to find the large male ant, but i cant remember the name. i thought it was one of those. 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 I talked about some insect civiliza... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 16:26
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? yes it is thanks.
Comment icon #18 Posted by danielost on 5 May, 2011, 16:29
One wonders with global warming what new territories the modern giant ants will move into in the future and what problems they will cause. 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
^^ 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 list !


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6011066
258494
170336

 
Moon photobombs the Sun on NASA images
10-22-2017
Solar observations made by a satellite were interrupted this week when the Moon made a sneaky appearance.
Near-complete tyrannosaur fossil found in Utah
10-22-2017
Palaeontologists have unearthed the skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur dating back over 76 million years.
Huge magnetic tail discovered behind Mars
10-22-2017
NASA scientists have revealed the existence of an invisible magnetic tail trailing behind the Red Planet.
NASA's ion thruster breaks propulsion records
10-21-2017
The prototype thruster could one day propel the first Mars astronauts all the way to the Red Planet.
Other news in this category
Near-complete tyrannosaur fossil found in Utah
Posted 10-22-2017 | 4 comments
Palaeontologists have unearthed the skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur dating back over 76 million years....
 
9.7 million-year-old hominin teeth discovered
Posted 10-20-2017 | 19 comments
The surprising find has the potential to completely rewrite everything we know of early human history....
 
48 million-year-old bird fossil unearthed
Posted 10-18-2017 | 2 comments
A prehistoric species of bird that preened itself like a flamingo has been discovered in Germany....
 
'Vampire' kangaroos lived longer than thought
Posted 10-15-2017 | 1 comment
An extinct species of fanged kangaroo survived five million years longer than previously believed....
 
New prehistoric marine predator discovered
Posted 10-3-2017 | 4 comments
Palaeontologists have identified a new species that could shed light on the origins of crocodiles....
 
Neanderthal brains developed slower than ours
Posted 9-24-2017 | 7 comments
The skeleton of a young Neanderthal has revealed that our brains did not develop at the same rate....
 
Plant-eating dinosaurs sometimes ate crabs
Posted 9-24-2017 | 8 comments
Fossilized droppings have revealed that some herbivorous dinosaurs occasionally snacked on seafood....
 
Giant prehistoric frog ate small dinosaurs
Posted 9-21-2017 | 1 comment
At the size of a beach ball, the monster-sized Beelzebufo ampinga was the largest frog that ever lived....
 
550 million-year-old creature mystery solved
Posted 9-20-2017 | 6 comments
Scientists believe that they have finally worked out what type of creature 'Dickinsonia' actually was....
 
Prehistoric whales were ferocious predators
Posted 8-30-2017 | 4 comments
The ancestors of today's blue whales were deadly predators with rows of large, razor-sharp teeth....
 
Largest known Ichthyosaurus was pregnant
Posted 8-28-2017 | 5 comments
Palaeontologists have discovered an enormous Ichthyosaurus specimen in a German museum collection....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ