Giant Millipede

Giant Millipede

تاریخ : 17 دی 1400

A Giant Millipede

A fossil found on a beach in England shows that the biggest that ever lived was the size of a small car. The fossil is of a . This creature could have had hundreds of legs. Although the name "millipede" means "one thousand legs" in Latin, few actually have 1,000 feet. There is one species that can have 1,300 legs. The fossil in England said what they found is "definitely the biggest bug that ever lived". They said the millipede was around 2.7 metres long and over 50kg. This would have been a . It would need a huge amount of to keep it away.

The scientists found the fossil by chance. A lecturer at the University of Cambridge's department of earth sciences said they found a rock on the beach. It had recently fallen from a . He said: "It was a complete . It was an incredibly exciting find." He explained that the fossil over 326 million years. This was 100 million years before the Age of the Dinosaurs. The researchers believe that the millipede had a because it was so huge. They said: "While we can't know for sure what they ate, there were plenty of and seeds available...at the time." They may also have eaten and , but not humans (or any of our ancient ancestors).

 

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  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/20/europe/giant-millipede-biggest-bug-uk-northumbria-scn/index.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2021-12-millipedes-big-cars-roamed-northern.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/scientists-uncover-fossil-of-car-sized-giant-millipede-it-was-a-complete-fluke-of-a-discovery-12500721