New York – If you think cheetah is the fastest animal in the world, then rethink, because a tiny mite can beat big cat in any race.
This interesting fact come in light in an new U.S. study.
A tiny mite no larger than a sesame seed holds the record as the fastest land animal in the world, according to new research, when measured in proportion to its size.
While the cheetah is commonly thought of as one of the speediest creatures in the animal kingdom, and moves at 16 body lengths per second, the Paratarsotomus macropalpis beat the big cat with a whopping 322 body lengths per second, according to a study by Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
This is almost twice as quick as what was previously believed to be the fastest animal, the Australian Tiger Beetle, which moves at 171 body lengths per second.