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There is an event in england that is run every year: In 1980, in the mid-Wales town of Llanwrtyd Wells, an argument broke out in the pub concerning an age-old matter. “Yes, we all know that horses can sprint fast,” one man declared, “but, over a real distance, man is its equal.” The pub was the Neuadd Arms and the speaker was the landlord, ...


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Looking around on the internet, the claim is actually that the rhinoceros beetle can carry 850 times its own weight, not just 100 times its own weight. The type of rhinoceros beetle in question is the "Hercules beetle" (Dynastes hercules) Adults of some species can lift objects 850 times their weight! That would be equivalent to a human lifting 9 fully ...


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The claim is actually a misstatement of something else that's true. Even then, it doesn't work against all running animals. Humans are among the best persistence hunters in nature. Persistence hunting is when you follow your prey at slow speed but never give up. Over a long enough distance humans will outrun/outwalk and catch any prey animal. So far, there ...


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In the examples given so far of animals outrunning humans over long distances, the animals have been human trained and controlled. The situation may be different if the animals are allowed to operate themselves. It is widely reported that the San (Kalahari bushmen) can outrun antelopes. They do it by having the animal run away from them, catching up with it ...


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