Is giant "bugs" possible??

plxsrt at pln1.nott.ac.uk plxsrt at pln1.nott.ac.uk
Tue Sep 9 04:24:33 EST 1997


Other invertebrates  manage to grow up to 50cm e.g.  crab and lobster.

Aren't they working under similar constraints as insects, could giant
bugs appear on a beach somewhere??  

I've also heard both the "exoskeleton" and "oxygen passive diffusion"
arguments  as to why insects didn't get any bigger.  

Some people would also argue that in many  ways a social insect colony
shares a lot of the properties of  one large insect without the
problems of being a large insect in a single body.  

You'd have to run your own evolution experiment (in a jar)  for a very
long time!!!!  



Simon T







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