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by Michael Ho

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arthropleura, bugs, crayfish, dogs

DailyDirt: Big Bugs And Old Dogs

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

People sometimes have a strange fascination with huge bugs -- whether it's for "biggest cockroach" contests or giant (mechanical) spiders (see also: Jon Peters). There are also a whole lot of dog lovers... so we've put these two tastes together with a couple random links about both. Maybe it's not quite as good together as peanut butter and chocolate, but there's no accounting for taste. Enjoy!
  • A really long, millipede-like invertebrate could hold the record for largest land-dwelling bug of all time. A complete fossil of the Arthropleura hasn't been found yet, but its species could have been over 6 feet long and 1.5 feet wide. Yeeee! [url]
  • A giant crayfish from Tennessee was recently spotted. It looks like a lobster and is about twice the size of a normal crayfish -- and it might be tasty with a bit of butter. [url]
  • The remains of a 14,000-year-old dog might be one of man's oldest best friends. There could be an older domesticated dog from about 30,000 years ago, but that pet's teeth look a little too much like a wolf's. [url]
  • Based on an orange-colored bone, a Texan man might have eaten his dog about 9,000 years ago. The orange color wasn't BBQ sauce -- but evidence that it had passed through a human digestive tract.... [url]

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