Interconinental dispersal of giant thermophilic ants across the Arctic during the early Eocene hyperthmals

A study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society reports that an extinct species of giant ant (Titanomyrma lubei, from the Greek word “Titan”) lived in Wyoming during the Eocene Epoch, about 50 million years ago. As colorfully described by Physorg.Com, the ant “had a body just over five centimeters long — comparable to a hummingbird — a size only rivaled today by the monstrously large queens of an ant species in tropical Africa.”

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