Huge prehistoric ants thrived in hot climate
May 5, 2011 | 20 comments
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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. The ant, named Titanomyrma lubei, lived about 50 million years ago and is one of the largest ant species ever found.
Source: BBC News
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