Did Scorpions Move From the Ocean to Land?

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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.

  2. The article went on and state few important sentences:-
    1. “A fossil of Parioscorpio venator, a 437-million-year-old scorpion that resembles modern species. (Wendruff et al., Scientific Reports, 2020)”
    2. “The dangerous-looking duo, newly christened Parioscorpio venator, bear a remarkable resemblance to modern species, showing scorpions hit upon a successful survival strategy early in their evolution”
    3. “Six-foot-long marine “sea scorpions” skulked the ancient oceans 467 million years ago, but they were not true scorpions of the land-based lineage that survives today”
    4. “Most of Parioscorpio’s other body parts, however, looked more contemporary. Like the scorpions that plague us today”
    5. “The amazing preservation of the internal anatomy … reiterates how the [scorpion] ground plan has stayed the same, not just on the outside, but the inside, too,”
    6.There isn’t anything that unambiguously tells you whether they were fully aquatic, terrestrial or amphibious,”…

    • Again, like with the previous articles on the whales ancestors, this article does not prove a iota that the duo fossilised scorpions are somewhat a specie transiting from sea to land. The last point made it clear. The article insists that the fossilised creatures look like the same as today’s scorpions, hence putting a blow to evolution another time again..
      Therefore the sentence “…his animal paved a habitat-hopping path for countless lineages of land-dwellers to come—including the one that eventually led to us.” in this article can only be rejected. This sentence is put there just for maintaining their crumbling theory of “evolution by natural selection”. Again, their fossilised scorpions does not prove their point at all. So far, there is no fossil of a transitional/mutant species of animals or missing links going from sea to land. Period! Finally, thanks for mentioning the horseshoe crab, a prehistoric and still living fossil which also has the same features as its ancestors many million years ago and has not “evolved” into something else. Despite a few major extinctions it managed to survive like the Coelacanth fish.

  3. Its a natural and very ancient fascination with this species, and the fossils of sea scorpions are pretty much available anywhere. My first issue with the Dendera zodiac was the alleged “scorpion” was not in line with more accurate depictions of the other animals. It more closely resembles Pentecopterus, and if that were the case, then the second inside layer of figures , were not what people thought at all, but are accurate to the 20 days. They could have used the dung beetle, but that is too specific to one area, the sand dollar maybe, but the fossil record of sea scorpion would be recognized, and it fits beautifully in that spot. Just one of many clues the effort was multi-cultural and world wide, and later influenced by the romans. It passed for them as a scorpion, but that is not what was carved. The carvers could pacify their captors, but knew it would come out. They did beautiful work in a tough spot.

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