Gargantuan millipede the length of a car reconstructed for Netflix show
By T.K. Randall
December 3, 2023 · 3 comments
Arthropleura was truly enormous. Image Credit: YouTube / Netflix
Millions of years ago, the Earth was home to some truly titanic insects including one particularly enormous millipede.
Today, even the largest millipedes can be picked up and placed on the palm of your hand, but 300 million years ago, it was a very different story indeed.
At the time, higher oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere gave rise to some truly gargantuan insects that wouldn't have looked out of place in a King Kong
Among these was Arthropleura
- a millipede that was more like a walking tank than an insect.
Measuring 8.5ft in length and 1.6ft in width, this enormous armored critter scuttled across the forest floor during an era known as the Carboniferous Period.
It was the largest known invertebrate ever to walk the face of the Earth.
Being so large and covered in a thick carapace, it would have also had few, if any, natural predators.
Now, thanks to a detailed analysis of a near-complete fossil specimen found in 2019, the team over at the Netflix show Life on Our Planet
has been able to reconstruct Arthropleura
in more detail than ever before - revealing exactly what it would have been like to witness one of these creatures up close.
You can check out the result in the clip below.
Source: Live Science
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