In article <34105F6F.B1633064 at stud.hivolda.no>,
Hauk Langlo <Hauk.Langlo at stud.hivolda.no> wrote:
>Hello. If I'm not wrong, this is a forum for all kind of people with
>more or less knowledge in different aspects of biology. Before I ask my
>question, I would like say that I have absolutely NO education or
>experience with biology, so please dont laugh to my question.
>> I know that insects and arachnids could be unbelievable big in
>prehistoric times. I know that these creatures are prevented from
>growing bigger than today due to limited amounts of oxygen in the air. I
>also know that some of these insects have been altered by virtually no
>genetic evolution ever since then.
> What if those days environment (oxygen, moist, temperature, light,
>etc.) was simulated in a huge tank or something? (The oxygen level and
>temperature could even be raised above the "30 000 000 BC" standard. And
>the availability of healthy food should also been taken care of, maybe
>spiced up by steroids or other interesting chemicals). Would insects and
>arachnids grow up to be the same gigantic beasts as they once where????
>(Up to 50 cm.)
>>I guess that some boring realities makes the answer a "NO way!". But
>anyway, I would appreciate a comment from anyone who knows a bit about
>these things. It was just an idea that popped up one of these days, and
>I am just curious about the whole thing.
>Hauk "Frankenstein" Langlo
>Hauk.Langlo at stud.hivolda.no>(an ordinary man totally without any biology knowledge whatsoever)
No offense, but I think that person has been watching toomany sci-fi movies, Oxygen has nothing to do with the growth of insects, its genetic like everything else. D.O'Conner