Imagine a huge centipede standing tall to look you in the eyes. Creepy, isn’t it? Well, such creature actually existed.
An extinct creature known as Arthropleura and related to the centipedes is the largest centipede of all time. It is believed that when the creature reared up it could look humans in the eyes. This centipede hardly ever had any predators at all.
Arthropleura lived between 340 and 280 million years ago in the territory of modern Scotland and North America. Its length was between 0.3 to 2.6 meters. In the past scientists thought the creature was a predator but recent studies show it most probably was an herbivorous animal. It is considered that it grew much larger than the modern representatives of its genius because at the time oxygen was characterized by greater partial pressure. In addition, there were no large predators to chase it and kill it. Arthropleura became extinct when the climate got drier and the rainforests were damaged and destroyed.