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Noah's dilemma

February 5th, 2011, 6:48 pm

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Posted by Apostatus

An inordinate fondness for beetles.

So far, about 400,000 species of beetles have been described and estimates are that this equals about 5% of the species present on earth. As a comparison: There are 5,500 species of mammals described which is thought to cover 95% of existing species. That would mean abot 1,500 species of beetles per species of mammal.And beetles are just the largest family of insects, and at least as many species are found in the other families taken together.

The famous biologist JBS Haldane is rumored to have stated "The Creator, if He exists, has an inordinate fondness for beetles." I have to agree.

Posted at February 5th, 2011, 6:54 pm

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Posted by MissRen15

HAHA brilliant XD

Posted at February 7th, 2011, 8:55 pm


Beetles can fly.

Posted at February 22nd, 2011, 7:12 pm

Posted by Apostatus

Of course they can. But none I know can stay airborne for 40 days ;)

Posted at February 23rd, 2011, 3:48 pm

Dinosaurs weren't even included in religion! So this makes a micrometer more sense.

Posted at April 23rd, 2011, 4:56 pm

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