One of the most common descriptions from people who have had close encounters is meeting with something that looks like a “giant praying mantis.” Some witnesses believe that these are the same beings known as the Grays, while others who have seen them believe that they are something entirely different. Could they be from the future when, as some scientists speculate, insects will have possibly replaced man with a new intelligent species of insect form? What would it take for bugs to get large enough to develop the complex brains needed to sustain intelligence? Besides evolution, it would take more oxygen.

The delicate lady bug in your garden could be frighteningly large if there was a greater concentration of oxygen in the air. Some insects were much larger during the late Paleozoic period, about 300 million years ago, because they had a much richer oxygen supply. At that time, dragonflies had two-and-a-half-foot wing spans. The air’s oxygen content was 35% during this period, compared to the 21% we breathe now. Insects already practice agriculture, growing their own food and medicine, and form formidable invasive armies that stretch for miles underground.

Art credit: Dana Augustine.

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