dcd@se.houston.geoquest.slb.com (Dan Day) Well, let's see. There are about 400,000 species

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dcd@se.houston.geoquest.slb.com (Dan Day) Well, let's see. There are about 400,000 species of beetles. For male and female, that's 800,000 specimens. If you put each in a little box one centimeter on a side (which would probably be too small for a great many of the species) and packed them as tight as you could, you'd need a deck space thirty by thirty feet to lay them out on. This doesn't leave any aisles for walking between them and feeding the little guys, of course. That takes care of the beetles, now consider each of the other orders of insects... Then eventually we have to start considering scores of animals that are larger than a pinto bean, but I suspect all the space will have been used up by then.

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