Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fact of the Day, animal edition

Earth-wide, the combined weight of humans and ants are roughly equal.

Addendum: Which brings up the following question: Which animal would yield the greatest sum total? Obviously, the structure of the question matters. Insects as a whole would probably take the cake, but from the above statement, we've parsed ants away from that group. I don't think if you chose "mosquitos" or "ladybugs" you'd end up with a vastly greater number. So, what animal would take this? Or would humans/ants top the list? Zoologists of the world, comment.

Source: The Discovery Channel

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Planckton?

Bryce said...

You're talking biomass here!

Non-animals would be bacteria.

Narrowing it down to animals, I think the most biomass is found in krill, but I'm not 100% sure.

Narrowing it down to rodents would give you voles. No joke.

Bryce said...
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Bryce said...

Here's the Wiki answer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomass_(ecology)