400 Million Years Old Fossil of a Dog Sized Scorpion Found in China

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Giant Sea Scorpion
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology/Yang Dinghua

400 Million Years Old Fossil of a Dog Sized Scorpion Found in China 


Usually when we think about a Scorpion, we think it as a small, Few Centimetres long and Venomous animal.

But scientist have discovered a 400 Million Old fossil of a Scorpion which sized as much as a dog.

Recently, Scientists from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology have came up with a Creature which once lived in South China named as Terropterus xiushanensis.

This Extreme Big creature extinct almost 400 Million Years ago. 

According to a Study, Terropterus xiushanensis is a close relative of Horseshoe and Whip Spider.

Body Posture of these Scorpion
Giant Sea Scorpion
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology/ Chinese Academy of Sciences


This Scorpion had a spiny forelimb which may be used for attacking and catching prey.

This Creature is supposed to have lived in Silurian Period - Between 443 Million Years and 419 Million Years - which is supposed to live underwater, Its spiny limbs suggested that it may be used to attack fish and Molluscs.

Some researchers states that, Sea Scorpion were main Predator which lived way before the sharks.

Based on study of Fossil, Researchers doubted sea scorpion that it may have used its tail as a weapon.

"Future work, especially in Asia, may reveal a more cosmopolitan distribution of mixopterids and perhaps other groups of eurypterids," Says a Researcher.
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