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Pterygotus



Let's go back years and years in time. The prehistoric animal that will star in this entry not lived 10,000 years ago, or 100,000 years, or even 1 million years .... but rather 450 million years.

It was a time that called Silurian. The global warming favored that, the seas conquer large tracts of land, warm oceans where practically developed  all complex life on the planet.

This was a perfect time for evolution to experiment with new designs then, with time, while some disappeared, others survive led to the major groups (phyla) that we could find on our planet.

At that time, the arthropods were the kings who ruled over the other species. Vertebrates, molluscs, etc ... everyone had to live under their mandates. And among all arthropods, the largest, the great superpredators were Pterygotus. A genus of extinct arthropods are also known by the name of marine scorpions or giant scorpions.


Along with rhenaniae Jaekelopterus the Pterygotus is considered one of the largest animals of the time. Could exceed 2.3 meters in length, was 8 legs for move around the ocean floor, 2 paws to help him swim (though swim with the movement of your body) and then another 2 paws finished alligator clips that were useful to catch and hold their prey while devouring. His body elongated and armored. It had a good vision as it had two eyes "normal" and two more compounds eyes .... such as flies. Also, if for whatever reason, did not find prey in coastal areas, rivers wealthy could trace to find them.

Along with rhenaniae Jaekelopterus the Pterygotus is considered one of the largest animals of the time. Could exceed 2.3 meters in length (8 ft.), was 8 legs for move around the ocean floor, 2 paws to help him swim (though swim with the movement of your body) and then another 2 paws finished alligator clips that were useful to catch and hold their prey while devouring. His body elongated and armored. It had a good vision as it had two "normal" eyes and two more compounds eyes .... such as flies. Also, if for whatever reason, did not find prey in coastal areas, rivers wealthy could trace to find them.

It was so effective, so successful of its body design, this prehistoric animal Silurian, lived over 30 million years.

The disappearance of Pterygotus was due to the evolution of vertebrates. When they appeared strong and powerful armored fish bites (as Dunkleosteus) able to smash the outer shell of this prehistoric arthropod.
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