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Gigantic Ancient Arthropod Was Really 'A Very Peaceful Guy'

It was big. It was weird. And this monster from the primordial seas was also a trendsetter. Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery in southeastern Morocco of beautifully preserved fossils of a huge arthropod - the group that includes crabs, scorpions, insects, spiders, centipedes and more - that lived 480 million years ago. It was Earth's largest animal at the time, at least double the size of anything else, said Yale University paleontologist Peter Van Roy, who led the...

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