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# Olympian Ants

naomi24 | 18:06 Sun 11th Aug 2024 | Science

Mathematics for those who can be bothered.  I've just watched an ant run across a 12 inch patio tile in a second or two.  Given his size, that seems a long way for him to run in such a short time.  If he were man-size - say 6ft tall - and the tile was enlarged proportionately, how far and how fast would he have run?

Funny the things you think about when you're doing nothing in particular on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Not sure about the calulations but any track running would be done anty clockwise.

Did you get to measure the ant so folk can compare with a 6' man ?

the relay would have to be done over 6 legs

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He was only a little chap, OG.  A couple of millimetres at the most.

depends on the species but according to this example  they'd be running at 859kph!

https://alexants.co.uk/2020/07/22/if-ants-were-human-sized/

The silver ants can run their body length in less than a hundredth of a second—the equivalent of a human running 400 miles an hour.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/silver-saharan-ants-fastest-desert

Fun fact: the strongest animal for its size is the dung beetle apparently!

Ant the winner is -

//Fun fact: the strongest animal for its size is the dung beetle apparently!//

Coming from you TTT, I'm convinced 😉

Another ant fact.

Army ants walk in a line, follow the leader. Sometimes they lose their way, walking in a big circle until they die of exhaustion

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