Interesting. I had guessed that the limiting factors would be communication and enforcement, both of which are negatively affected by distance, so a government covering too large an area would have trouble knowing what was going on within its territory or exerting control over it. In your version, it’s the complexity of human interaction that determines the need for administration, so the number of required administrative personnel per unit area increases as the population density increases.
Where contemporary government is concerned, don’t it’s possible to make a meaningful comparison between spatial scales, unless you’re comparing nations. Local government and national government do different things; a local government doesn’t need an SEC or a FDA. It’s also intriguing that some of the most notorious political machines in American history, like Tammany Hall, have operated at the local level. >>59747406
We don’t have a very good idea how disease has impacted the history of life, with the possible exception of inferences from endogenous retroviral sequences, and I’m skeptical of the idea that they’ve had any great evolutionary significance. I think your proposed mechanism is unlikely, as the insects beat everyone else to terrestrial environments (Silurian, IIRC) and would have had the longest possible time to adapt to airborne pathogens.
Oxygen concentration does impact arthropod size, but there are other factors which complicate and limit that influence, like the need for a thicker exoskeleton.>>59741207
Who doesn’t like Klan Klang? She’s like 30 feet of cute.