Fossilized scorpion was bigger than a human

Paleontologists discovered a giant fossilized claw that once belonged to an 2.5 meter (8 foot) long sea scorpion. The University of Bristol scientists uncovered the claw near Prum, Germany. It's approximately 400 million years old. From the Associated Press:
Image-2 "We have known for some time that the fossil record yields monster millipedes, super-sized scorpions, colossal cockroaches, and jumbo dragonflies. But we never realized until now just how big some of these ancient creepy-crawlies were," (paleontologist Simon Braddy) said...

Braddy said the sea scorpions also were cannibals that fought and ate one other, so it helped to be as big as they could be.

"The competition between this scorpion and its prey was probably like a nuclear standoff, an effort to have the biggest weapon," he said. "Hundreds of millions of years ago, these sea scorpions had the upper hand over vertebrates -- backboned animals like ourselves."


  1. Awesome. A professional paleontologist used the phrase “creepy-crawlies” to describe these beasts. My queasiness at the thought of this thing is 100% validated.

  2. It’s straight out of the infamous spider pit scene that was cut out of the original King Kong.

  3. All I can think of is the scorpion scene from one of those Golan-Globus movies – can’t remember if it was one of the Sinbad movies or Clash of the Titans (I’m leaning towards the latter) where the giant stop-motion scorpions attack the puny humans.

  4. I was beginning to think all horror paleontology came from New Zealand!

    nts: write a (cc) short story about all various paleontological critters coming back.

  5. That “Prüm”, or “Pruem”, if you’re Umlaut-challenged (It’s really no problem to write ue instead of ü, see I use it in my name as well). My school town, btw.

  6. I’m advancing the theory that there is a geological phenomena that causes certain areas in strata to expand.

    So all these giant bug fossils were just normal-sized insects, but over time the fossils have grown larger, the way a Gummi Bear will expand if left in water overnight.

    Similarly, dinosaurs were actually the size of poodles!

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