The discovery of the 390-million-year-old specimen in a German quarry suggests prehistoric spiders, insects and crabs were much larger than previously thought, researchers at Bristol University said on Wednesday.
"This is an amazing discovery," said university researcher Simon Braddy.
"We have known for some time that the fossil record yields monster millipedes, super-sized scorpions, colossal cockroaches, and jumbo dragonflies but we never realised, until now, just how big some of these ancient creepy-crawlies were."
The find was described by Braddy and colleagues in the journal Biology Letters.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
THE CLAW IS OUR MASTER
Scorpions up to eight feet long once lurked in the oceans. Reuters reports:
The claw they discovered was 18 inches long. Even dipped in butter, it probably wasn't a delicacy.