A prehistoric water bug as big as Tom Cruise, was recently found! This bug roamed about half a billion years ago. This was even before the time of the dinosaurs. This was earths dominant predator. The animal is a sea scorpion. Near the Iowa River, geologists found 150 fossils. Scientists at Yale University, are determined that it was a prehistoric species, 460 million years ago.
In prehistoric times Iowa was an ocean.
"This was the first real big predator" says James Lamsdell, a professor at Yale. The sea scorpion is called Pentecopterus decorahensis. It was named after a Greek warship. This creature's tail did not sting, as modern scorpions. The tail was used for balance and swimming. The creature had many arms, that it used to stuff food in its MOUTH! It was a very aggressive angry bug. Writing by Ethan, reading by Kasama.