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Scientist in Utah discovers terrifying ant species
By Lindsay Whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune
Posted: 08/01/2013 10:51:01 AM PDT
Updated: 08/01/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT
University of Utah scientist discovers terrifying ant species
Their wedge-shaped faces are like spine-covered shields that end with beak-like jaws bristling with sharp teeth."They look a little like the monster in 'Alien.' They're horrifying to look at up close," says University of Utah biology professor Jack Longino. "That's sort of what makes them fun."Longino, an entomologist, has identified 33 new species of predatory ants from Central America and the Caribbean, according to a statement from the U. He named the monstrous-looking creatures after ancient Mayan gods and demons.But ...
"University of Utah scientist discovers terrifying ant species"
U. entomologist Jack Longino has discovered and identified 33 new ant species, including this Octostruma convallis, which boasts sideways-moving jaws. (Courtesy of John T. Longino, University of Utah)
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