‘A huge myriad (relative of the centipede) in car size, weighing about 50 pounds, he once lived in northern regions of England, experts said after the accidental discovery of fossils 326 million years old.
The largest fossil of a giant myriad that was ever discovered was accidentally found on a beach in Northumberland at the village Howick, after a rock section collapsed on the shore.
The section is about 75 cm long, which led scientists to estimate that the whole body could be about 2.7 meters long and weigh 50 kilograms.
The remains date back to the Carboniferous period, more than 100 million years before the time of the dinosaurs.
At that time, Britain was close to the equator and had a warm climate.
The sample consists of several modular parts of the exoskeleton, similar in shape to modern myriads.
This is the third such fossil ever found and it is also the oldest and largest.
These creatures inhabited the equator for about 45 million years before disappearing, possibly due to global warming or arid climate or the spread of reptiles, which competed for food.
The fossil is to be publicly exposed to Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge early next year.
The results of the study were published in Journal of the Geological Society.
Edited by: Michaela Lambrinidou