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'Monstrously Big Ant' Fossil Found in Wyoming
LiveScience.com ^ | 5/3/11 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 05/03/2011 9:41:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Almost 50 million years ago, ants the size of hummingbirds roamed what is now Wyoming, a new fossil discovery reveals. These giant bugs may have crossed an Arctic land bridge between Europe and North America during a particularly warm period in Earth's history.

At about 2 inches (5 cm) long, the specimen is a "monstrously big ant," said Bruce Archibald, a paleoentomologist at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who reported the discovery today (May 3) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Though fossils of loose giant ant wings have been found before in the United States, this is the first known full-body specimen.

The fossil ant is from a well-known fossil site in Wyoming called the Green River Formation, but it had been sitting in a drawer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Archibald said. When a curator showed him the fossil, Archibald said, he knew he was looking at something exciting. ..

"I immediately recognized it and said, 'Oh my god, this is a giant ant and it looks like it's related to giant ants that are known from about this time in Germany.'"

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Monster ant

Archibald dubbed the new ant Titanomyrma lubei -- "titan" for its size, "myrma" for the Greek, "myrmex," or ant, and "lubei" for the fossil collector who discovered the specimen, Louis Lube. ..

Ants are tough bugs -- some can even create rafts out of their own bodies to survive floods. But a look at modern large ants showed Archibald and his colleagues that T. lubei very likely needed a warm climate to live, similar to modern-day giant ants. ..

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


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KEYWORDS: abcimnrstu; ant; fossil; godsgravesglyphs; titanomyrmalubei; wyoming
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1 posted on 05/03/2011 9:41:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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A two-inch-long ant that once roamed Wyoming rivals
today's hummingbirds in size. CREDIT: Bruce Archibald

2 posted on 05/03/2011 9:42:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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3 posted on 05/03/2011 9:46:29 PM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: NormsRevenge

4 posted on 05/03/2011 9:47:16 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Great Follow-Up!


5 posted on 05/03/2011 9:47:47 PM PDT by shibumi (Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way)
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To: NormsRevenge

That hummingbird looks like he’s pining for the fjords.


6 posted on 05/03/2011 9:51:46 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: shibumi

I actually was getting that up before I saw your poster - GMTA...


7 posted on 05/03/2011 9:53:46 PM PDT by stormer
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To: BradyLS

They never hold that still for me...


8 posted on 05/03/2011 9:54:44 PM PDT by stormer
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To: SunkenCiv

Buggy ping!


9 posted on 05/03/2011 9:55:55 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: stormer; shibumi

Perfect.


10 posted on 05/03/2011 9:55:59 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 831 of our national holiday from reality. - It's 3 AM, time to arrest Obama)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


11 posted on 05/03/2011 9:56:12 PM PDT by houeto (Rev. 13. [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ve got a monstrously big aunt in Wyoming..they grow em that way down there...


12 posted on 05/03/2011 9:58:34 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: NormsRevenge

A benign but foul-looking bug that fills the niche of mice in New Zealand is the Weta. Those things can get up to 8” in length. Giant ants got nuthin’ on ‘em!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weta


13 posted on 05/03/2011 10:00:09 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS
That's a big-ass cricket! What I don't want to run into is one of these bad boys...


14 posted on 05/03/2011 10:07:29 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Oh, jeez. The dreaded Japanese swallow-hornet. Just a few of those things will destroy a honeybee colony. They are bad news.

That dude must be dead cuz no way I’d let that thing crawl on me like that!


15 posted on 05/03/2011 10:13:08 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Whut!!!

It’s wuz warmers sometimes befohs now???

Dem poh Aunts is deyead cuz deh had uh heat stroke!

Poh things!


16 posted on 05/03/2011 10:19:22 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: BradyLS

Good grief...if i found one of those things in my bedroom...
it would be Bed-weta-ing time for me!
Things be you-gly! Gotta admit, it you want freak some
folks out...show ‘em those......


17 posted on 05/03/2011 10:24:01 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: stormer

Them!!!!!!
Didn’t they do “mystic eyes”? Wasn’t Van Morrison the lead
singer at that time?


18 posted on 05/03/2011 10:25:43 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Waitaminit. If that Ant’s related to the German Ants, are they cousins (however many times removed)? And what about the Uncles? How come no one mentions the missing Uncles?


19 posted on 05/03/2011 11:02:26 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Green River Formation has great fossils, esp. of flies and other insects. A really fine limestone matrix which allows for great preservation of details such as wing-lines, legs, fish/scales/eyes, etc.


20 posted on 05/03/2011 11:02:34 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: NormsRevenge

21 posted on 05/03/2011 11:07:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NormsRevenge
"'Monstrously Big Ant' Fossil Found in Wyoming"

Any fossils of Rodents of Unusual Size?


22 posted on 05/03/2011 11:14:10 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This

I used to live in Wyoming, and I saw those buggers all the time when I was drinking/


23 posted on 05/03/2011 11:27:56 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Never pass up an opportunity to " Shut Up")
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To: stormer

In New Mexico I’ve heard they have giant bugs called “children of the Earth”. I don’t know if they are legendary, or real.


24 posted on 05/03/2011 11:38:46 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: SunkenCiv

I know you’ve been *pinged* twice already, but I just wanted to let you know there’s no real reason to put this one out there-—I’ve already read it. *<];-’)


25 posted on 05/03/2011 11:45:00 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: boop
Jerusalem cricket - some people call them potato bugs, but they don't look like any potato bug I've ever seen. They've got them in Eastern Washington where I grew up - I HATE those things.


26 posted on 05/03/2011 11:50:17 PM PDT by stormer
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To: BooBoo1000

That’s funny, cause I didn’t start seeing shit until I quit...


27 posted on 05/03/2011 11:53:59 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Those tater bugs are all over and they’re completely harmless. We have plenty here in SoCal.


28 posted on 05/04/2011 12:53:49 AM PDT by Bullish (IT ALWAYS ENDS UP WITH HEADS ON PIKES)
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To: NormsRevenge

Probably why there are no fossil picnic sites found.


29 posted on 05/04/2011 3:46:13 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: NormsRevenge
Maybe it was a prehistoric ant. Maybe something else.


30 posted on 05/04/2011 4:11:21 AM PDT by tlb
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To: NormsRevenge

Ants are probably by far the greatest number of individual animals on Earth. They live everywhere, except the universe likes cruel irony.

No ants in ANTartica!!!

Amongst the plant or plantlike species, the greatest population is prochlorococcus. A marine micro-photosynthetic bacteria. Worldwide, in the oceans, there are probably 1-100 billion billion billion of them. Estimate are that they produce 20% of the oxygen on the planet.
And nobody ever heard or saw or thought of them until about 1978.

I wonder what else is undiscovered.


31 posted on 05/04/2011 4:21:30 AM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: NormsRevenge
Correction: Almost 50 million 4,500 years ago, just before God flooded the entire world to a depth of 20' over the muntain tops, ants the size of hummingbirds roamed what is now Wyoming, a new fossil discovery reveals.
32 posted on 05/04/2011 4:33:26 AM PDT by FreeMaine
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To: FreeMaine

Hey noobie, keep your new earth bs on one of the threads in the religion forum.


33 posted on 05/04/2011 4:43:26 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: boop; stormer
The Jerusalem Cricket is not the real Child of the Earth. The real thing is an arachnid. They are reputed to make a noise that sounds like a crying baby but this website makes no mention of that. Some people in NM are deathly afraid of them. One of my neighbors, when I lived in SW NM, picked up a cinder block and there were two of them living under it in the dirt. He freaked out completely. I didn't hear them make any noise though.

Child of the Earth


34 posted on 05/04/2011 4:48:57 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: tlb

That was the scariest dang episode of the Outer Limits ever.


35 posted on 05/04/2011 4:51:33 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: eastforker
Let's see here, you are a stealth moderator, determiner of what is good or not good? No?

You know eastfork, I really thought you were smarter than that, I guess I had given your intellect to much credit, I promise, I won;’t do that again.

36 posted on 05/04/2011 7:31:01 AM PDT by FreeMaine
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To: BradyLS

That thing is “shotgun worthy”...


37 posted on 05/04/2011 7:33:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: FreeMaine

Being a noob how could you possibly know anything about me and if you do know me then you must be a retread, which is it?


38 posted on 05/04/2011 7:52:11 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: eastforker

Yes, because we don’t tolerate differing views here. Right?


39 posted on 05/04/2011 7:53:54 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: Flag_This
Any fossils of Rodents of Unusual Size?

"I don't believe they exist."

40 posted on 05/04/2011 7:56:24 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: TigersEye

He’s got too many legs to be a spider! By my count, that ugly sucker has ten legs!

(shudder)


41 posted on 05/04/2011 7:59:13 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: RoadGumby

Not the point. This thread is not about creation or religious beliefs. It is about old bugs. Semms like every science thread or subject some bible thumper always shows up to tell us about the great flood and the ark or some other biblical fable. If thats what you believe thats fine with me but why try and hijack a discussion among those who may not have those views?


42 posted on 05/04/2011 8:02:48 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: NormsRevenge
Ants? Oh, I really don't like ants!


43 posted on 05/04/2011 8:04:43 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: eastforker

Yet, because of those beliefs, one way or the other, there could be said to be ‘incorrect information’ presented in the article.

As an aside, you should thank those bible thumper you so obviously despise. That faith, the Judeo-Christian morals and foundation is what this great country was founded on.


44 posted on 05/04/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: RoadGumby

Well my definition of hell is being stuck in a room full of evangelicals for eternity.


45 posted on 05/04/2011 8:09:47 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: eastforker

The truth about the big ant’s origin and demise are unimportant to the thread?


46 posted on 05/04/2011 8:10:29 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

You mean your biblical theory?


47 posted on 05/04/2011 8:12:01 AM PDT by eastforker
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To: eastforker

Just as “proveable” as the one you assume.


48 posted on 05/04/2011 8:14:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: eastforker
Well my definition of hell is being stuck in a room full of evangelicals for eternity.

You won't have to worry about it. And, you know, that's exactly what CS Lewis proposed in "Mere Christianity" - that for someone who rejects God, being "forced into His presence" for all eternity would BE hell.

Be happy you won't have to suffer that.

49 posted on 05/04/2011 8:17:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: FreeMaine
* Correction: Almost 50 million 4,500 years ago, just before God flooded the entire world to a depth of 20’ over the muntain tops, ants the size of hummingbirds roamed what is now Wyoming, a new fossil discovery reveals. *

I agree.

50 posted on 05/04/2011 8:37:02 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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