I remember reading about a story on Wikipedia while looking at various old science-fiction stories when I came across one about an exploration team finding a sort of oasis in Antarctica in which they encountered giant bugs, if I remember correctly giant tardigrade in particular. It's been on my mind recently and i haven't been able to find it for the life of me. I appreciate any help.

  • Was the Wikipedia page in English? Also, do you remember if it was a short story or novel?
    – Jenayah
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 18:10
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    This was most famously done by Edgar Rice Burroughs in The Land That Time Forgot and if this is not the story you're looking for, it was certainly the inspriation. I don't remember tardigrades, but there are dinosaurs tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot I looked through the Lost World and Mysterious Antarctic tropes and didn't find a better fit but perhaps that can guide your search.
    – NullWaltz
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 18:11
  • @Jenayah It was in english, and I believe it was a short story. I don't believe it was long enough to be classified as a Novel.
    – Nomnik
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 18:33
  • @NullWaltz It was not the Land that Time forgot, I can confirm that. It was definitely in antarctica.
    – Nomnik
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 18:35
  • As always truth is stranger than fiction. Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 19:05

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It sounds similar to "The Beetle Horde" by Victor Rousseau. It is in Astounding Stories #1 from January 1930. (It concluded in the February 1930 Issue.) So it's a longish short story. It is available on Project Gutenberg Link to the first part on Project Gutenberg.

Reasons why it sounds similar. A team was exploring the south pole when they discovered a localized warm region. Exploring that they found a bunch of giant beetles. (I don't recall a tardigrade). The story goes on with a "mad" scientist intending to release the horde of giant beetles into the outside world.

  • Thanks, but I don't think it's it. I looked for a Wikipedia page on it and there wasn't one, so it couldn't have been the one i'm thinking of. Thanks however!
    – Nomnik
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 22:40

Bathybia by Douglas Mawson

I found it myself, sorry! Turns out it was on a spec evo forum rather than wikipedia!


Is it possible you have misremembered the article and it is about a film not a short story? I ask because Wikipedia has an article on the film The Land Unknown that matches your description in some respects.

The Wikipedia article doesn't mention giant insects or tardigrades, but does mention a tarsier.

  • I don't think that was the one I am thinking of, I specifically remember it having something to do with giant bugs. Thanks however!
    – Nomnik
    Commented Mar 3, 2020 at 15:30

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