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    Giant bugs.

    I recently saw Nausicań valley of the wind. A great movie. That got my thinking is it possible for giant bugs to exist? I have seen some interesting bugs in my time. I heard there is a prehistoric centipede the size of a horse.

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    Not really. Unless they had much thicker, stronger legs. Their legs are so thin in proportion to their body, that as you scale it up the legs become unable to support their weight. The only reason those tiny stick legs support them as they are is because most bugs weigh a negligible amount. The legs don't need to support much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    I recently saw Nausicań valley of the wind. A great movie. That got my thinking is it possible for giant bugs to exist? I have seen some interesting bugs in my time. I heard there is a prehistoric centipede the size of a horse.
    They never got that big. Some of the largest were a genus of extinct insects from the Carboniferous period (approximately 300 mya) known as Meganeura, which are related to modern-day dragonflies. The largest, Meganeuropsis permiana had wingspans in excess of 2 feet. Generally it is thought that the much higher level of oxygen in the atmosphere during that time along with a lack of predators were the reasons that they were able to achieve this size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    They never got that big. Some of the largest were a genus of extinct insects from the Carboniferous period (approximately 300 mya) known as Meganeura, which are related to modern-day dragonflies. The largest, Meganeuropsis permiana had wingspans in excess of 2 feet. Generally it is thought that the much higher level of oxygen in the atmosphere during that time along with a lack of predators were the reasons that they were able to achieve this size.
    The Meganeura was the largest flying insect in history. but the Carboniferous was dominated by large arthropods. The largest was arthropleura which was a segmented animal like a centipede that reached 2 meters+ in length.
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    Forced perspective caused by holding the centipede closer to the camera. That's Scolopendra subspinipes commonly known as the Vietnamese Centipede and has a maximum length of 8 inches.

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    Now that you mention it - that string should have been a dead give-away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Forced perspective caused by holding the centipede closer to the camera. That's Scolopendra subspinipes commonly known as the Vietnamese Centipede and has a maximum length of 8 inches.
    not so sure. Looking at it's tail legs, they appear to be resting on the track between the guys legs.

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    Anything that big would weigh enough to pull the string taut, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tabibito View Post
    Anything that big would weigh enough to pull the string taut, I think.
    Either way, i'm crossing Vietnam off my list of places to visit.
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