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What is the fastest animal in relation to body size?

24/05/2021 04:39 PM | Click to read full article

And the award for the fastest animal in relation to body size goes to Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a sesame-seed-sized mite that lives amidst the pavements and rocks of southern California.

The athletic arachnid has been clocked reaching speeds of 322 body lengths per second, which is the equivalent of a human running at 1,300 miles per hour. It’s more than 20,000 times smaller and 40 times faster than Usain Bolt, and it leaves the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah, eating dust.