Prehistoric Ants

Ants are one of the most ancient insect species on earth. Without them, we couldn’t live as comfortably as possible today. It is estimated that there are around 10^14 insects on the planet with more than 1/3rd of those insects are ants. The fossil record tells us that ants have been present since the Lower Cretaceous, between 130 and 100 million years ago. It is believed that they evolved from wasps or bees, but with a separate evolutionary path. Ants are an interesting and diverse group of insects that have been on the planet for at least 100 million years. Ants were once considered the “labourers of the animal kingdom” – because they often operate under a simple decentralized organization in which workers, rather than a centralized queen, carry out the day-to-day activities of the colony. Small ants were one of the dominant terrestrial animal species during the middle of the Paleozoic Era, from about 210 to 275 million years ago. They were an important part of the terrestrial ecosystem and they played a vital role in forests. Ants have survived virtually unchanged since these times and are still an important part of the environment today.

Prehistoric Ants

The prehistoric ants, unlike modern ants, were enormous. The largest of them grew to be over 5 inches long and weighed up to 7 pounds. They were also very aggressive and ate practically anything they could find.

Unlike modern ants, the prehistoric ants had no stinger and they did not live in colonies or build nests. Instead, they lived alone in large underground burrows that they dug out themselves. The burrows could be anywhere from a few inches deep to over 50 feet deep and had multiple entrances. Each of these ants would spend its entire life in this one burrow, so it was very important for them to dig a big enough hole so that there was plenty of room for all their offspring as well as food stores for them when they got older.

The most interesting thing about prehistoric ants is that unlike modern ants which are all female workers who are sterile unless they have mated with males (or winged queens), these ants can reproduce without mating at all! This means that all female members of the colony can give birth to new workers without needing males around at all! This allowed these prehistoric species to grow much larger than modern species because there was no limit on how many offspring each female could have.

The prehistoric ants built huge colonies that may have reached tens of millions of individuals. The colonies were very organized and complex, with different castes of workers performing specialized roles. The queens laid all the eggs, and the workers took care of the larvae.

The ants had developed a sophisticated society by this time, including queens with wings who could fly from one nest to another, drones who fertilized the queens’ eggs, and smaller workers who were responsible for tending to the young larvae. They were also able to communicate through chemicals known as pheromones.

The ants may have been one of the first animals to develop agriculture, farming fungus on which they fed their young. They also cultivated plants like acacia trees as shelter or homes for themselves or food sources for their larvae.

List of Prehistoric Ants

The Life and Times of the Ant
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Height 9 Inches
Width 0.151 Inches
Length 9 Inches
Weight 0.3 Pounds
Release Date 2006-04-17T00:00:01Z
Syngenta 53204 Advion 4 x 30g Ant Gel, White
Price : $29.25 ($7.31 / Count)
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  • For use in residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial areas.
  • Targets most pest species of ants, including all key sweet feeders
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Color White
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Height 5 inches
Width 2 inches
Length 5 inches
Weight 0.5 Pounds
A History of the World in 100 Objects
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Height 9.3 Inches
Width 2 Inches
Length 6.4 Inches
Weight 3.2375 Pounds
Release Date 2011-10-27T00:00:01Z
Insect Lore Two Tubes of Live Harvester Ants
Price : $12.99
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  • Two tubes of 25 Harvester Ants (50 ants)
  • Helpful ant tips
  • Please Note: You must have a habitat for your ants
  • Observe the fascinating habits of the Harvester Ant!
  • Due to shipping restrictions, live ants cannot be shipped to Oregon, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or Canada
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Height 0.5 Inches
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Length 3.25 Inches
Release Date 2021-02-15T00:00:01Z
Dinosaur Toys, Dino Egg Dig Kit for Kids - Break Open 12 Unique Dinosaur Eggs and Discover 12 Cute Dinosaurs - Easter Archaeology Science STEM Toys - Best Crafts Gifts for Boys & Girls Age 3, 4, 5, 6
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