06 May '11, 10pm

Giant Ant Fossil Linked to Global Warming

Giant Ant Fossil Linked to Global Warming

Photo: Simon Fraser University Sitting in a dusty museum drawer, long forgotten, was the fossil of an unknown giant ant so large that it was the same size as a hummingbird. Five centimeters long, the ant was bigger than any other creature of its kind except for the queen of one species of ant that lives in Africa. Bruce Archibald found the fossil when visiting a colleague. Research has shown that it lived 50 million years ago in Wyoming when the climate was tropical and hot during the Eocene Epoch. “What is surprising is that this ant scurried about an ancient forest in what is now Wyoming when the climate there was hot like the modern tropics. In fact, all of the closely related fossil giant ants have been found in Europe and North America at sites that had hot climates.” Photo: Simon Fraser University The researchers believe that it arrived in Wyoming due to a period of ...

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