Thursday, November 14, 2013

Things That Make You Go AAAUUUGGGHHH

Study: Spiders had ancient big-clawed relatives
(CNN) -- The ancient world was full of strange animals that have gone extinct, such as a group of marine species with claw-like structures emerging from their heads. A new study suggests that these creatures were related to spiders and scorpions.

Researchers discovered the fossilized remains of a species in southwest China that provides new insights into the evolution of animals in the modern era, scientists said. They report their findings in the journal Nature.
Claws coming out of their heads. Yeah, that falls squarely in the "kill it with fire" category. I'm glad they're extinct, because if I found a bug with a dozen legs and claws growing out of its head, I'd probably shriek like a little girl and then buy a flamethrower. So there are advantages.

So far, the only exotic insect I've come across in VA - and I mean "don't see up north" when I saw exotic - is the stink bug. Talk about temptation - for someone with no sense of smell, the temptation to squish one (in someone else's office, of course) is pretty strong. Then again, I have to stop myself from slowing down when I come across a dead skunk in the road...

Claws on the head = run away after dousing it in gasoline, sorry...

That is all.

6 comments:

Dave H said...
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Dave H said...

Pfft. The museum here in Rochester has several dioramas with life sized models of eurypterids, 8-foot early ancestors of lobsters. Fossils of these critters were found while they dug the Erie Canal through this area. Seeing that display will put you off of eating lobster for weeks.

Atom Smasher said...

I wouldn't want to go to Carboniferous Period without shotguns.

http://www.geology.cz/aplikace/fotoarchiv/fotoarchiv.php?foto=14570&hledej=arthropleura&polozka=1#nahled

Lots and lots of shotguns.

Crotalus said...

"There's something in the Mist!"

PJS said...

You wanna head down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a bag o' stink bugs? :)

Ed said...

I know a lot of people who, if they encountered an eurypterid, would proclaim "We are gonna need a lot more butter!"