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Scientists in China stunned after finding ‘bizarre’ dog-size scorpion with ‘sharp weapon’

  • October 19, 2021

“Their second, and especially the third, pair of promosomal limbs are enlarged and very spiny.

“These limbs were presumably used for prey-capture, and analogies can be drawn with the “cathing basket” formed by the spiny pedipalps of whip spiders among the arachnids.”

The T.xiushanensis has been dated to the Lower Silurian of South China and appears to be the first known mixopterid of Gondwana, a supercontinent that began to break up during the Jurassic.

The creature’s discovery will be published in the November 30 issue of the Science Bulletin.

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