If you clicked on this article despite the featured image, I commend you, my friend! The picture of a prehistoric spider/scorpion hybrid encased in amber gives me the chills! Looking like something straight out of the Alien universe, this arachnid from the Cretaceous period crawled Earth over 100-million years ago. It was unknown to scientists until armature amber hunters made the incredible find in Southeast Asia.
The creature, which has been named Chimerarachne yingi, boasts a strange mix of features that we see on modern-day arachnids. It has eight spider-like legs and fangs up front, while its rear end is dominated by silk-producing spinnerets punctuated by a long, thin tail. So, what is it? Well, believe it or not, scientists actually can’t decide.
The only good news about this nightmarish imp is that it wasn’t very impressive back in its day, due mainly to the species’ size: