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U of T alumnus Cédric Aria at the main Marble Canyon quarry site in Canada’s Kootenay National Park during the summer of 2014 (photo by Jean-Bernard Caron)
Researchers discover tiny, 500-million-year-old predecessor to scorpions and spiders

September 13, 2019

Paleontologists working on the world-renowned Burgess Shale have revealed a new species named Mollisonia plenovenatrix, which they describe as the…
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Researchers synthesize healing compounds in scorpion venom

June 12, 2019

A scorpion native to Eastern Mexico may have more than just toxin in its sting. Researchers at Stanford…
Deadly scorpion venom reveals pain protein structure

April 17, 2019

An international team of scientists, including University of Iowa biophysicist Chris Ahern, PhD, used a lethal scorpion toxin to…
Study confirms horseshoe crabs are really relatives of spiders, scorpions

March 15, 2019

Blue-blooded and armored with 10 spindly legs, horseshoe crabs have perhaps always seemed a bit out of place.…
Venom shape untangles scorpion family tree

November 16, 2018

As a child growing up in Mexico, Carlos Santibáñez-López feared the scorpions that would often decorate the walls…
Scorpion census: FSU researchers update global record of medically significant scorpions

October 9, 2018

Scorpions can be found at every corner of the globe and on six of the seven continents, from…
Scorpions Outdo Spiders as Scary Creatures

June 18, 2018

“I hate spiders.” “How do you work with them?” “I’d rather scoop maggots off a corpse than deal…
Spiders and scorpions have co-opted leg genes to build their heads

April 6, 2018

Arthropods are among the most successful animals on the planet. They inhabit the sea (horseshoe crabs), the sky…
Study Finds Pallid Bat Is Unfazed by Venom of Arizona Bark Scorpion

September 1, 2017

The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America. It possesses venom that causes serious…
Three-metre sea scorpion was the original sea monster

April 20, 2017

Four hundred thirty million years ago, long before the evolution of barracudas or sharks, a different kind of…
Scorpion Venom Yields Clues for Developing Better Pharmaceuticals

April 19, 2016

Normally, people consider scorpions to be dangerous because of their venomous sting, but an international group of researchers…
Meet Pentecopterus, a new predator from the prehistoric seas

September 1, 2015

You don’t name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it’s built like a predator. That’s…
Explainer: what is a pseudoscorpion?

April 3, 2014

Don’t mess with me. Crystal Ernst Pseudoscorpions are commonly known as “false scorpions” or “book scorpions”. They belong to…
Scorpions take sting out of pain

December 13, 2013

Scorpions take sting out of pain Australia is home to many venomous creatures and boasts some of the…
Scorpions use strongest defense mechanisms when under attack

November 14, 2013

This photo shows one of the studied species, a thin-pincered scorpion, Androctonus bicolor. Credit: Arie van der Meijden Scorpions…
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