World’s Largest Bug Fossil Ever – US Beach
World’s Largest Bug : Researcher say that they have discovered the largest bug ever fossil of a giant animal like an insect with a long thin body divided into many sections on a beach in Northumberland, totally by chance.
The millipede, this is known as extinct invertebrate Arthropleura, a relative of centipedes and millipedes , is thought to have been more than 2.5m (8ft) long. It would have about 50kg (eight stone).
The fossil segment was first appear in 2018 when a large block of sandstone fell down on the beach at Howick Bay.
It will be expose in Cambridge’s Sedgwick Museum coming year.
When the largest millipede lived, 326 million years ago, the north-east of England had a much more thermal climate than today.
The thing that can be said by the researcher with certainty is, that in common with almost all millipedes they have lot of legs but it did not have thousands of legs – the researchers believe it had at least 32 legs, but it may have been up to 64. ‘
- The millipede is believed to have been 2.6m long, weighing more than 50kg which is very giant.
- It lived more than 100 million years ago before the rise of dinosaurs about 230 million years ago.
- Its fossilised remains were accidentally discovered after a slab fell from a seaside cliff and split in two pieces.