Enormous ant fossil found

It’s not a bird or a plane, but it is an ant the size of a hummingbird.

The new species, Titanomyrma lubei, is related to giant ants previously found in German fossils. These long-distance relatives bolster the notion that the climate of the time had hot blips that allowed warmth-loving giant insects to spread from continent to continent.

The spookiest thing about the Wyoming ant may be that even at 5.1 centimetres (2 inches) long, she is not the largest ant ever found. A German specimen is slightly longer, as are queens of a living African driver antDorylus wilverthi. Learn more here.


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