Gold-digging ant is an animal from Medieval bestiaries. They were dog- or fox-sized ants that dug up gold in sandy areas. Some versions of the Physiologus said they came from Ethiopia, while Herodotus claimed they were located in India.
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... reports that a species of fox-sized, furry "ants" lives in one of the far eastern, Indian provinces of the Persian Empire ... These giant ants, according to Herodotus, would often unearth the gold dust when digging their mounds and tunnels, and the people living in this province would then ... province of Pakistan, may have been what Herodotus called giant "ants" ...
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