Ancient scorpion had feet, may have walked out of ocean

January 15, 2015 2:09 PM

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Ancient scorpion had feet, may have walked out of ocean

A specimen of the new scorpion species Eramoscorpius brucensis, which lived about 430 million years ago, making it among the earliest scorpions. The species probably lived in water, but it had feet that would have allowed it to scuttle about on (© David Rudkin, Royal Ontario Museum)

A new scorpion species found fossilized in the rocks of a backyard could turn the scientific understanding of these stinging creatures on its head.

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