I can’t stop thinking about this story, which I found via the guys over at Bothersome Things.
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.
Two inches may not see all that huge, but consider the colonies they must have constructed – better yet, imagine a line of insects the size of your thumb marching through your picnic and making off with your sandwiches, or, given enough of them, maybe even your dog.
(Poor Leiningen wouldn’t stand a chance.)