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Meganeura was a giant Odonata (carnivorous insects, mainly dragonflies and damselflies) that roamed the skies of the oxygen-rich Carboniferous. With a massive 30 centimeter wingspan (Sánchez-Herrera & Ware 2012), Meganeura was more than 4.5 times the size of an average dragonfly. In appearance, it would have looked very similar to modern dragonflies, and, like them, was an insectivore (insect eating carnivore). 


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