Science Fun Facts 7

  • Termites are extremely efficient at converting woody materials to methane, with some help from bateria that live in their guts. Farms could be made that harness this process, but few cities would approve of trillions of termites within their jurisdiction.
  • There are more species of beetle than any other type of creature.
  • Insects are a relatively young form of life, having only come about in the last 100 million years or so. However, they spread and diversified faster than anything else.
  • In addition to water and hydrocarbons, the nuclei of comets contain amino acids.
  • The Kupier belt is a band of objects at the edge of the solar system. Pluto and Eris are the best known of these objects, but the moons Triton (Neptune) and Phoebe (Saturn) likely originated in this area.
  • Coconut crabs, a type of hermit crab, are currently the largest terrestrial arthropod. Massive as they are, they were dwarfed by many extinct forms.
  • Crocodilians survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, along with turtles. These creatures have changed very little since those days, meaning the design is an unusually robust one.
  • Great white sharks are the largest shark alive today, sometimes achieving a length of 20ft. However, the extinct Megalodon was more than thrice as large and 25 times the mass. It was probably the mightiest predator that ever lived, and ate whales.

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