Move over cheetah: Mite sets new speed record

This California critter would outrun all other land animals, if you scaled them down to its size

By Cameron Walker, 09:56 AM May 7, 2014

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SAN DIEGO — Tough luck, tiger beetle. A tiny mite found in Southern California has just smashed your land-speed record for animals. 

At first glance, this mite may not seem so fast. It’s only about the size of a sesame seed. Yet that would be one fast seed: At top speed it can zoom at about 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) per second.

At its fastest, this mite can cover a distance 322 times its body length in a single second. The previous land-speed record holder, an Australian tiger ...

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