SHANGHAI: Scientists have discovered fossils of a 435 million-year-old sea scorpion from the Xiaoshan Formation in southeastern China, which may have been a bloodthirsty sea beast of its time.
It should be noted that this area of China was located 430 million years ago in the sea floor, some distance from the South Pole, which slowly moved to its current state.
The ancient and extinct scorpion, discovered from the Shivshan formation, is named “mixopterid eurypterid” and used to be more than one meter (39 cm) long.
Several fossils of myxopterad scorpions have been found here, a detailed examination of which shows that this animal, millions of years old, was unusually similar to today’s scorpion, but many times larger in size.
Based on his other physical characteristics, it is estimated that he was a ruthless sea predator who used to trap small marine animals as if they were locked in a basket.
Note: Details of this dangerous and ancient sea scorpion have been published in the latest issue of the online research journal “Science Bulletin.