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January 16, 2009 / milesandhisfavorites

Miles’s Time Adventure 3:Killer Bug-eyed

Hey!  Today, we go back 300 million years, to a time before dinosaurs.  We will meet the first reptiles, and killer insects.  Wwwwwwhhhhhhhoooooossssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Ah, here we are.  Now, these lizards here are Petrolacosaurus. they are the first reptiles, facing a whole new world-full of whole new dangers.  Remember Brontoscorpio and Pterygotus?  Well, they’ve returned as giant insects like-whoa!  This!

 

Eagle-no!  Dragonfly!

Eagle-no! Dragonfly!

It’s called Meganura, and it’s as large as an eagle.  But this is just one of four kinds of giant insects we should see.  Look!  Mesothelae!  otherwise known as giant spiders!

 

Along came a giant spider....

Along came a giant spider....

She’s HUGE!  About as large as a human head!  If she were to be alive 300 million years later, she would hunt cats!  But 2 down 2 to see!  Meanwhile, let’s see what evolution did to cause reptiles.

 

Ah, amphibians.  They then evolved into reptiles.

Ah, amphibians. They then evolved into reptiles.

Cool, eh?  Aha!  Pulmonoscorpius!

 

Sting!

Sting!

One more giant creepy crawlie too see!  And here he comes!  Arthropleura!

 

that's one big millepede!

that's one big millepede!

And that’s it for today!  Next time, we explore the world of the nastiest dinosaurs ever.  Next time, we explore T-rex and raptors!

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  1. Aunt Beth / Jan 17 2009 2:17 am

    Miles….

    I am totally freaked out by those creepy crawlies. Hope I can get to sleep tonight!

    Aunt Beth

  2. NMS / Jun 6 2009 7:37 pm

    Hi Miles,

    Nice blog,I found it very interesting to read!

    you got one little fact wrong though (dont feel bad, the BBC did too).
    I quote from wikipedia:
    “In the BBC documentary Walking with Monsters (2005), a Carboniferous era species of Mesothelae was shown as being as large as a human head and shown hunting reptiles the size of today’s cats.

    However, no spider that large has ever been found, but when the series began production the sea scorpion Megarachne was mistakenly believed to have been a spider.”

    So Mesothelae was a primitive line of spiders. But there is no evidence that it grew to such sizes.

    Apart from that Id say: keep up the good work!!
    Cheers,
    Nigel

  3. milesandhisfavorites / Jun 19 2009 8:44 pm

    Actually, I read that exact same post. And saw Walking With Monsters. Notably, when there’s no evidence, anything could be true. So the chances are 50-50. there’s no evidence that it grew to such sizes, but then that could mean they did. Besides, we never saw dinosaurs with skin on them. So raptors could have been in need of a diet and we couldn’t have known. However, I don’t beleive Crichton, either. Is that how you spell his name?

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