Did Scorpions Move From the Ocean to Land?

A fossil of Parioscorpio venator, a 437-million-year-old scorpion that resembles modern species. (Wendruff et al., Scientific Reports, 2020)

World’s Oldest Scorpions May Have Moved From Sea to Land 437 Million Years Ago

by Katherine J. Wu/Smithsonianmag.com

Half a billion years ago, the continents were quiet. Earth’s animals—represented largely by shelled mollusks, armored arthropods, and a smattering of wriggly, jawless fish—breathed with gills, not lungs, and hunted their prey at sea.

But sometime, possibly during the Silurian (the geologic period spanning 443 million to 416 million years ago) an intrepid creature, likely equipped with sturdy limbs and a set of gas-cycling tubes that could leech oxygen from air, decided to crawl ashore. In habitually venturing out of the ocean, this animal paved a habitat-hopping path for countless lineages of land-dwellers to come—including the one that eventually led to us.

The identity of this pioneering terrestrial trekker has long perplexed paleontologists. Over the years, several candidates have come forth, all known only by their fossilized remains. Two of the most promising possibilities include many-legged millipedes, eager to snack on the predecessors of today’s plants, and stinger-tipped scorpions—one of the world’s oldest arachnids, the group that also includes spiders. But when and how these arthropods first made that crucial transition from water to land remains an unsolved puzzle.

Now, new research is pushing the scorpion timeline further back than ever before and may help pinpoint the traits ….Read More:

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  1. Interesting notion however not conclusive. It does fit a niche in the Freemason Hegelian dialectic evolutionist’s system. Ancient’s believed water it’s evaporative qualities was an integral part of a Natural God’s reincarnation cycle. Almost all known ancient Sign Language metaphorical GESTURES ( see scholar Cliff Richey’s ancient Sign Language PDF’s) clearly & specifically show it in ancient logo-glyphs – heiroglyphs. That’s a mystery the PTB don’t want masses to know. Scorpion fits the Mercuris transformative alchemical Agenda. Frogs & Crocodiles were worshipped more as animal deities in Egypt for this reason. They represented transformative (alchemical) NATURE of coming from water (wetness-Earth Goddess-the divine feminine) to Land (Sun-masculine-Spirit) As part of the ancient reincarnation religious beLIEf system. Hidden esoteric gnosis they don’t want masses to know about.

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