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When giant insects ruled the world
Posted on Thursday, 12 October, 2006 |
Image credit: Lidewijde/Wikimedia
The delicate lady bug in your garden could be frighteningly large if only there was a greater concentration of oxygen in the air, a new study concludes.
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#5 Posted by
on 13 October, 2006, 11:45
I don't want to burst your bubble, but that's rather old news. The theory that the size of arthropods is proportionnal to the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere is rather old.
#6 Posted by
on 13 October, 2006, 20:42
There used to be 15 foot-long terrestial crustaceans related to pillbugs.
#7 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 4:23
Volkswagon busses.... (those pillbug things... just reminded me) Very cool 2 foot dragonflies. Sigh...
#8 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 19:35
Why not put it to the test and allow them to grow in a high oxygen chamber of some sort?
#9 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 20:09
There used to be 15 foot-long terrestial crustaceans related to pillbugs. As well as scorpions 1m long, centipede relatives up to 2.6m long, and spiders the size of a human head. *hugs The BBC Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life* It's taught me so much...
#10 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 20:18
it would take a long time for them to evolve to get bigger wouldent it? if you put them in a chamber
#11 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 20:44
Why not put it to the test and allow them to grow in a high oxygen chamber of some sort? I was wondering the same... using some insects that have short life cycles, you'd think in a couple dozen generations, you would see some increase in size, if this was true...
#12 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 23:11
The Earths gravity was less in Pre historic times also! Every day space dust and rocks fall to Earth making it fatter! Fatter means more gravity , smaller is less!
#13 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 23:14
The Earths gravity was less in Pre historic times also! Every day space dust and rocks fall to Earth making it fatter! Fatter means more gravity , smaller is less! so, maybe they can run the experiment on the ISS... I'd like to see the results... run, it's Mothra!!
#14 Posted by
on 19 October, 2006, 23:32
Mothra wasn't so big! Thous Girls were small. Not much of a figure either. Must have been Freshman!
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