Scientists find fossil of what once was the world's biggest bug

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

This bug was so big it may have taken a whole can of Raid to take it out. Picture a scorpion that's eight feet long.

British scientists have recently stumbled on a massive fossilized sea scorpion claw, which has them thinking that spiders, insects, crabs and other such creatures were much bigger in the past than previously realized. One of the researchers says they knew ancient bugs were big, but the size of the scorpion is an "amazing discovery."

The study, published online in the journal Biology Letters, finds that before it became extinct, this ancient sea scorpion -- which existed in Germany about 400 million years ago -- was much longer than an average man's height. The researchers say the scorpions were cannibals, so their survival depended on their size.


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