11.21.2007

Giant Sea Scorpion Dwarved a Man: New Fossil Discovery
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A giant fossilized claw discovered in Germany belonged to an ancient sea scorpion that was much bigger than the average man, an international team of geologists and archaeologists reported Tuesday.

A computer-generated image shows a size comparison between a human and an ancient sea scorpion.A computer-generated image shows a size comparison between a human and an ancient sea scorpion.


The 46-centimetre-long claw was discovered by report co-author Markus Poschmann, from Germany, in a quarry near Pruem, a city about 200 kilometres east of Frankfurt...speculation is that higher oxygen levels than at present contributed to the large size.(Breathing and Circulation is more challenging in an open-system organism, ostensibly-capping size)

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