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Why aren't there giant insects ?
Hank and physiologist Jon Harrison discuss the question of insect size - why is there a limit ?
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#1 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 7:05
Because they stopped eating super-sized meals?
#2 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 7:10
I can't handle the insects we have. If there were giant insects, I'd die. I'd just shrivel up and die.
#3 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 7:24
#4 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 13:51
Giant spiders? *runs* .
#5 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 18:40
There are two reasons there aren't giant insects. 1 not enough O2. 2 their body armour/exoskeleton. When dinos roamed there was more oxygen in the air and there were giant insects. Oh and spiders aren't insects. Also, the largest spider is the horseshoe crab. Which has been around longer than the dinos.
#6 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 21:53
I know that, they're arthropods, but when I see one in my house it becomes a creepy-crawly insect as far as I'm concerned. Horseshoe crabs are marine arthropods.
#7 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 22:10
Exactly this and also I like little critters. One of the reasons is because they are 'little', if they were a lot bigger they would cease to be pretty and become incredibly scary, even for me.
#8 Posted by
on 7 September, 2013, 22:18
Except if I remember correctly the age of giant insects (compared to modern ones) preceded the dinosaurs.
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