Brontoscorpio

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Brontoscorpio anglicus
Temporal range: Upper Silurian
Brontoscorpio anglicus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Eoscorpiidae
Genus: Brontoscorpio
Kjellesvig-Waering, 1972
Binomial name
Brontoscorpio anglicus
Kjellesvig-Waering, 1972

Brontoscorpio anglicus is a species of fossil scorpion. Its remains were discovered in Upper Silurian-aged sandstone from Trimpley, Worcestershire, and the species was described on the basis of an incomplete single free finger of a pedipalp, almost 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long.[1][2] The complete animal is estimated to be at least 90 centimetres (35 in) long.[1] Its carnivorous diet may have consisted of worms or other arthropods.

Artist's impression of Brontoscorpio with size comparison

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kjellesvig-Waering, Erik N. (1972). "Brontoscorpio anglicus: a gigantic Lower Paleozoic scorpion from central England". Journal of Paleontology. 46 (1): 39–42. JSTOR 1302906. 
  2. ^ Jeram, Andrew J. "Phylogeny, classification and evolution of Silurian and Devonian scorpions". In Selden, Paul A. Proceedings of the 17th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Edinburgh 1997, 1998 (PDF).