300-Mil-Years-Ago Insects You Can Only See In Nightmares

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Researchers believe the true number of all living beings in the world is closer to 9 million, and 90% of all creatures belong to the insect family. You’re going to learn some cool facts about the huge insects of today and some prehistoric species.
Bugs have an extremely long and rich history on this planet, outliving even the most intimidating giants of the animal kingdom. They’re extremely small and, as a result, can easily hide from predators and don't need much energy to survive. They’re not very picky either; they can eat both artificial and natural foods. Insects have a tough exo-skeleton that protects them from whatever danger may cross their path. Plus, lots of these “tiny” guys are winged, which helps them escape harm’s way or find safe places to live.

Titanus giganteus – the largest beetle 2:07
Giant stick insects 3:06
Giant Burrowing Cockroach 4:08
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing 5:04
Scolopendra gigantean 5:45
Giant fleas 7:57
Euphoberia armigera 8:35
Arthropleura 9:18
Giant Dragonfly 10:02
Why were insects much larger in the past? 10:46

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-Titanus giganteus can grow over 6 inches long which it makes it the largest beetle.
-Giant stick insects are the longest among all the insect species on our planet. Their twig-like looks helps them blend into tree branches to hide from predators.
-Giant Burrowing Cockroach is the biggest in the entire world. This Australian insect isn't considered a pest, doesn't have wings, and plays a vital role in the ecosystem it lives in by breaking down dead leaves.
-The hugest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing. Its wingspan can reach over 9 inches in length.
-Scolopendra gigantea is a nearly foot-long giant centipede that can be found in South and Central America. This creature’s body is divided into about two dozen segments, each with its own pair of legs.
-Fleas that existed about 165 million years ago (during the Jurassic period) couldn't jump but reached over one inch in length.
-Euphoberia armigera species of millipede that existed about 320 million years ago had a similar shape and lifestyle as its modern-day descendant and reached over 3 feet long.
-Arthropleura was typically over 8 feet long and over a foot and a half wide, about like a crocodile.
-In prehistoric times, there was dragnofly Meganeura, and it deserved the nickname "dragon". Researchers claim they were the largest insects ever to have occupied our planet.
- First of all, the Earth’s atmosphere was only 35% oxygen in those days. This means that even if insects grew really large, they could still have a small respiratory system as they needed little oxygen to sustain their needs. Secondly, in earlier times, the atmospheric pressure on the planet was about 8 to 12 atmospheres.

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