Fossil of a car-sized millipede found in England

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Car length isn’t car-sized. From that video:

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You Britts have all the fun.

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Did they make tunnels?

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They can get up to 3m.

This fossil may be new, but they have known about Arthropleura for awhile. Something that big, I bet someone would eat it like lobster if it were around today.

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I have never thought all that much about bug poop but damn that big leggy monster would have changed everything!

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As someone from Newcastle, UK, yeah we sometimes have fun and it’s one the best cities to visit. However don’t visit here please if not vaccinated and prepared to wear a mask occasionally. Unless you are invited to 10 Downing Street for any reason, a jolly knees up. After business, of course.

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That is a really small car. I don’t know, probably only three or four clowns could fit in that one.

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British clowns?

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Were they apex, or did something bigger eat them?

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Either way - Nightmare fuel!

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The still photo on the video kinda turned me off. Why does everything have to be slobbering and menacing and dripping saliva? I also suspect these bugs didn’t really have the strength to rear up like that, as they are pushing the upper limits of what exoskeletal creatures can do.

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Not what I’d want in a muscle car. What are the Roachsters like?

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Christ, that looks like one of the Hooders from Neal Asher’s Polity books.

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This thing haunted my nightmares when I was a kid and learned there were things lurking in the Carboniferous forest that made Dr Who’s giant maggots look positively pedestrian. The giant dragonflies not a problem - a cow-sized millipede - no thank-you, that sort of horror doesn’t even belong in Australia.

Don’t visit Northumbria 300Mya without a flame thrower - which should work even better with those elevated levels of oxygen.

Maybe it was a Volkswagen Beetle?

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