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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

By one measure, the fastest land animal is not a cheetah, but a mite no bigger than a sesame seed. First identified in 1916, Paratarsotomus macropalpis, can cover a distance 322 times the length of its body in just one second. An average human running at the same relative pace as P. macropalpis would be moving at 1,300 miles per hour.

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When adjusted for size, the tiny critters are always the most extreme.

But a typical spider scaled up to the size of an elephant would shatter its own limbs just trying to stand up (not to mention have trouble breathing).

#1 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-04-29 05:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Paratarsotomus macropalpis, can cover a distance 322 times the length of its body in just one second.

Posted by rcade at 04:43 PM | 1 COMMENT

I would say that's a mite exaggeration.

#2 | Posted by matsop at 2014-04-29 05:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 3

Here he comes to save the day...
Mousy mite is on the way.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-04-29 06:27 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Ironically enough, the slowest land animal is the goat.

#4 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-29 07:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ironically enough, the slowest land animal is the goat.

#4 | POSTED BY HARRY_POWELL

???

I guess if you ignore snails, tortoises, sloths -- need I go on?)

Educate yourself, harry. Please. I cringe with embarrassment for you.

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2014-04-29 07:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

#4, #5 --

My bad, harry. I made the mistake of thinking you were actually making a relevant comment, but now I see it is (once again as I noted earlier today) you making an ad hominem retort aimed at me because that is what you do best.

*sigh*

Grow up, dude.

Please.

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2014-04-29 07:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is easy. Boring, but easy.

#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-29 11:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yep, funny too seeing the major drama queen troll getting trolled!

#8 | Posted by Mista Kurtz at 2014-04-30 02:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yep, funny too seeing the . . .

#8 | POSTED BY MISTA KURTZ

I wonder what this means?

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2014-04-30 02:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Boring, but easy.

#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell

You do it even though it is boring to you? Strange

#10 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-04-30 03:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 | Posted by USAF242

From my understanding, insects and spiders also do not use veins which are requisite to carry the blood to the extremities of larger animals.

#11 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-04-30 03:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | Posted by mariosanchez at

That is interesting, I wonder if thats true, not that I think you are trying to fib here

#12 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-30 04:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Insects don't have veins or arteries, but they do have circulatory systems. When blood is moved without the aid of vessels, the organism has an open circulatory system. Insect blood, properly called hemolymph, flows freely through the body cavity and makes direct contact with organs and tissues.

A single blood vessel runs along the dorsal side of the insect, from the head to the abdomen. In the abdomen, the vessel divides into chambers and functions as the insect heart (14). Perforations in the heart wall, called ostia, allow hemolymph to enter the chambers from the body cavity. Muscle contractions push the hemolymph from one chamber to the next, moving it forward toward the thorax and head.In the thorax, the blood vessel is not chambered. Like an aorta (7), the vessel simply directs the flow of hemolymph to the head.

Insect blood is only about 10% hemocytes (blood cells); most of the hemolymph is watery plasma. The insect circulation system does not carry oxygen, so the blood does not contain red blood cells as ours does. Hemolymph is usually green or yellow in color."

insects.about.com

#13 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-30 04:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

The article comes with a diagram.
Thanks mariosanchez I didn't know this

#14 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-04-30 04:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

#14

Yeah, I don't remember if I heard it in high school biology or the discovery channel. I guess I should quit the lazy habit of not providing backup for my assertions on this site before it gets me in trouble.

#15 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-04-30 04:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

But a typical spider scaled up to the size of an elephant would shatter its own limbs just trying to stand up (not to mention have trouble breathing).

#1 | Posted by USAF242
Guess you missed this.

1.bp.blogspot.com

#16 | Posted by patron at 2014-04-30 07:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

There was a little flea....

"A flea's jump requires acceleration 50 times greater than the space shuttle after liftoff." ~ Olympic Champions

"For an animal the size of a flea, the takeoff time is less than 1 ms, and the distance over which acceleration takes place is only 0.75 mm. The average acceleration during takeoff exceeds 2000 m s-2, or roughly the equivalent of 200 g" ~ Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen

#17 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-04-30 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

actually the fastest land animal has not yet been discovered because it is too fast to follow, chase, catch, or trap.

#18 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-04-30 12:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

the slowest land animal is the ideologically parched republican when approaching a glass filled with a thirst quenching mixture of integrity and truth...

#19 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-04-30 12:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

actually the fastest land animal has not yet been discovered because it is too fast to follow, chase, catch, or trap.

#18 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-04-30 12:55 PM | Reply

That's because you can't see it, dummkopf.

#20 | Posted by matsop at 2014-04-30 01:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

"That's because you can't see it, dummkopf."

actually (puff) i am the only one who HAS seen it, weinerschnitzel...

#21 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-04-30 01:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Fastest land animals: Repubs bolting to the johns after Nov 8, 2016.

#22 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-04-30 01:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Fastest land animals: up for election dems running from the ACA.

#23 | Posted by matsop at 2014-04-30 01:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

PATRON

There have indeed been MUCH MUCH larger insects in the past, and even some pretty large ones today.

But a typical spider scaled up to the size of an elephant would shatter its own legs just trying to stand up.

That does not mean an eight legged exoskeleton creature the size of an elephant could not exist and even function......

....but it absolutely would NOT be a scaled up typical spider. And any 'speed' would NOT scale directly. Athletic abilities also would not scale. For example, a typical mouse could easily be dropped from ten times its own body height and be fine. Do you suggest a mouse scaled up to elephant size could them be dropped from ten times its body height and not suffer major injury?

So....

The tiny speeds, jump distances, etc etc of tiny creatures do NOT scale directly if a bigger version of the same creature is made.

#24 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-04-30 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

#24 | Posted by USAF242

I think this may solve some of your confusion

#25 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-04-30 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

That does not mean an eight legged exoskeleton creature the size of an elephant could not exist and even function......

#24 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-04-30 03:06 PM | Reply

Well, Hillary does but she only has 2 legs.

#26 | Posted by matsop at 2014-04-30 03:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Followed up closely by the inch worm.

#27 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-04-30 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

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