muscular caterpillars

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muscular caterpillars

Post by skilban » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:42 am

i recently heard off a friend of mine that caterpillars actually have more % of muscle in their body than humans do, is this true? or is he winding me up, thanks in advance :P

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Post by Chris4 » Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:52 am

Think about how they move. I can see how it might be true.
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Post by James » Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:39 pm

You sound suprised, do humans have a high % of muscle compared to the rest of the animal kingdom?

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Post by MrMistery » Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:29 pm

James has a point... Plus do not forget that humans have an internal skeleton and nervous system... Whereas caterpillars do not have bones, and have a very poorly developed nervous system

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Post by Natldnel » Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:03 pm

Yes this is true. A caterpillar's body is almost completely covered with muscles. If you think about it, it uses it's entire body to move, so this is possible. If you talk about number of muscles, with all it's segments and legs, it would have many more differentiated muscles than a human.

In fact humans have 600+ muscles if my memory serves me right, and a caterpillar has over 4000...

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Post by MrMistery » Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:06 pm

665 is the number i remember... Of course, i could be wrong :D
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Post by Natldnel » Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:21 pm

Lol yeahh... Something like that... I can't remember the exact number...

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