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Giant Prehistoric Ants Revealed

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Paleontology 
Much as last week's announcement about giant fossil spiders, we have to take the word "giant" in context.  Paleontologists revealed today that the have found giant ant fossils--giant when compared to today's ants.  Modern-day giant ants are around an inch long, but this fossil was from about 50 million years ago, and was at least two inches long, making this ant, Titanomyrma lucei, about the size of a hummingbird (see photo).  Found in the Green River section of Wyoming, these ants were most ...
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Ant Zombies Go Back Millions of Years

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Animals 
You've seen this in many movies--parasites that take over people's minds and bodies and force them to do their bidding.  Well, that stuff of science fiction actually has a basis in fact.  Carpenter ants carry a parasite that turns them into zombies, and as they die, the parasite, known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, forces them to bite the underside of leaves and attach themselves to them.  The parasite then grows a stalk from the ants' heads which release spores that infect other ants.  Sci...
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Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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