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25 April 2005 @ 08:44 am
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From the mammoth to the minuscule:

Cavers Smash World Depth Record: The nine-strong group travelled 2,080m (6,822ft) underground, passing the elusive 2,000m mark at Krubera, the world's deepest known cave. Crazy hat's off to them.

Fierce Ants Build 'Torture Rack': A fierce species of Amazonian ant has been seen building elaborate traps on which hapless prey are stretched like medieval torture victims, before being slowly hacked to pieces. Even crazier stuff...well worth the read.
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sayaka on April 25th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
The ant story is fascinating, although I assumed it was different in nature. I suppose the biological reason for this is to make sure the prey is safe to dismember, and teamwork makes it easier, not coldblooded "torture."

Humans, as far as I know, are the only species that will torture in the true sense of the word. I'd have been blown away if they found ants that truly tortured their victums, rather than just painfully killing them for food.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 25th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the title is misleading. I think it shows an amazing level of teamwork and planning, though