If you were to wake up one day and find yourself surrounded by these amazing creatures, after first freaking out, you would probably come to the conclusion that you were on some alien world.
But in actuality these are all real organisms from earths distant past - the Cambrian period. Artists and animators have joined forces with paleontologists to produce these visualisations of the various fossils found all over the world.
It is likely planet earth will never see a period like this again, and however horrifying it may have been, that is disappointing.
I have listed the names of the arthropods in the captions of each photo.
A fossil of Eurypterus remipes, a “sea scorpion” that lived during the Silurian Period (432-418 million years ago) While they averaged about 6 inches long, one large individual has been discovered that was 4.3 feet in length. The largest known species of Eurypterid could reach a monstrous size of 8 feet long.
All Eurypterus possessed paddles which they could use to swim but most likely walked as a primary means of locomotion. They were most likely, exclusively marine animals with their fossils being found in shallow, intertidal environments. Eurypterus is the state fossil of New York.
This is a fossilized Eurypterus, the genus known as Sea Scorpions. Some of the largest arthropods to ever existed were Eurypterids, coming in at 2 and a half meters or so, although most, like this one, were far smaller.