A fossil of a giant millipede was discovered in Northumberland, England by a group of lucky PHD students who noticed that a boulder had collapsed. They didn’t know at first, but they had found the largest-known fossil of a giant millipede ever discovered.
The giant millipede was believed to have roamed the earth over 300 million years ago. That’s nearly 100 million years before the first dinosaurs. The fossil in question is of a giant millipede that was 2.7m (8.86ft.) long and weighed 50kg (~110lb.).
It seems unbelievable to think that massive millipedes once roamed the earth, but the fossils don’t lie. These creatures were actually the largest invertebrate organisms alive at the time.
Check out the fascinating interview below of one of the people who found the fossil. He struck gold in this fascinating find.