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Re: insects - not! (OT)

--- Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

> pheret wrote:
> > 
> > is this only a dinosaur list, or can i ask about
> insects...
> > what is the biggest spider fossil found...
> You mean of course ARACHNIDS. Spiders aren't
> insects. Arthropod would
> have done though (since it's much nore inclusive).
> There was a time when the biggest spider was thought
> to have been as
> large as a dog - until it was found that the fossil
> was actually of a
> crustacean.
> So the largest spider ever known to exist is a
> living species - the
> Goliath bird-eating spider (*Theraphosa leblondi).
> It's apparently the
> size of a baby rabbit (although much less cuddly).

There is some reason that insects can't grow beyond a
certain size. (thank god) About sparrow size. I can't
remember if it has to do with breathing issues or
exosceliton issues. Anybody?

Spiders must have the same limitation. 

The centapede, being neither insect nor spider, once
grew to six feet. I don't even want to think about the
sounds it made when walking. 


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