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The tracks of a 330 million year old giant scorpion have been found in Scotland. The discovery was made by a team of scientists in Fife, East Scotland. It is suggested that the creature would have been “man sized”. Which is utterly terrifying.
According to the team, the tracks were made by a giant six-legged water scorpion called Hibbertopterus as it crawled over damp sand during the Carboniferous period. Dr Martin Whyte of Sheffield University made the discovery while out walking, and the team now plan to make silicone mouldings to preserve the tracks which have been ravaged by the weather conditions since the tracks were made millions of years ago.
The animal, which is related to modern day scorpions and horseshoe crabs, is said to be about two metres long, and one metre wide. The tracks show the grove made by the trailing tail, and the six marks of it’s legs. It proves the theory that these animals lived exclusively in water to be wrong.
The exact location of the find is being closely guarded to prevent any unnecessary visits which could compromise the find.