California mite becomes fastest land animal

Arachnid outruns cheetah in terms of body lengths per second

SPEEDY LEGS The California mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis can outpace Usain Bolt and even a cheetah in terms of body lengths per second.

Courtesy of J.C. Wright 

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