“Funhouse dungeon” is a good term for an old style adventure with no logical “ecology”, just a series of rooms full of monsters with treasure, especially one with lots of traps and puzzles. As Matt Colville points out, S2: White Plume Mountain is a classic example of of a funhouse with encounters designed as puzzles for the players as much or more than for their characters. This room full of charmed monsters feels like it was designed by a committee of Bond villains, with alternating land and aquatic creatures in giant aquariums. (David Sutherland illus. from S2 by Lawrence Schick, TSR, 1979)
Where: In ancient relatively shallow seas, swimming over what is today North America and Europe. They are very common in the eastern US, and are the state fossil of New York.
What: Eurypterus is the most well known member of the Eurypterida. Okay that probably didn’t help much! These animals are arthropods (insects, spiders, crustaceans, etc) and in the group that incudes the horseshoe crabs, spiders, and scorpions. They are not actually scorpions, though they are closely related to them. Like a lot of living arthropods, they grow by successive molting and can become very large, in fact the largest arthropods known were eurypterids! Most fossil are small, just a few centimeters, but the largest one is over 4 feet (120cm) long from head to tail tip! They moved both by swimming though the water with their large paddles arms and walking on the substrate with their smaller legs. They were carnivorous and most likely at the top of the food chain in their day - jawed fishes were just starting to appear. Its possible the evolution and migration of these fishes is what lead to the extinction of the sea scorpions.
Goodreads Description: The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?
Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.
Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.
As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.
Mars - Saturn - Scorpion by Scorpion-66 Via Flickr: Stamattina lo Scorpione emerge dal mare, dai casoni a Caorle, Marte alla minima distanza dalla stella Antares!
This morning the Scorpion emerges from the sea, from huts in Caorle, Mars at the minimum distance from the star Antares!
What I don't think people realize is that a lot of those "Scary Extinct Animals" are only "scary" because they're extinct. If they were still around today, they wouldn't seem anymore monstrous than the fauna we currently have. Hell to be honest we'd probably be eating most of them. 12 foot sea scorpion would just be a 12 foot lobster.
you’re right omg they’d probably be in zoos and stuff just like most everything else. People would keep giant dragonflies in greenhouses and feed them steaks and roadtrippers would pay to take photos with a giant ground sloth in a roadside petting zoo. They’re just as cool and big as other cool big things
This photo at first appears to be of an odd creature resembling a sea scorpion, or a eurypterid, which have been extinct for about 200 million years. It was for a time even displayed on various sites as a strange new cryptid that was found, according to the ‘story,’ by farmer Ted Litton in 1971. It is, however, a fake, and is in fact an animatronic prop from the BBC televesion series ‘Sea Monsters.’ It was modeled after the Megalograptus, one of the earliest eurypterids known.
GET OVER HERE! This was my boy Jaekelopterus Rhenaniae and he a sea scorpion. Yez, if you thot scorpions only lived in the desert o under rox, yu was wrong. Even though we call em Sea Scorps (Eurypterida), it is speculated that they also lived in fre$hwater and streams, lakes, etc. yo.
These arthropods were one of the biggest ever to inhabit the earth, ranging up to 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). Imagine a bug that bigger than you and got lil claws. If that dont make yo head flip nothing will. Luckily, these sea scorps lived way back in the Devonian (remember with Dunkleosteus the big armor head fish) so the chances of running into em again is pretty slim…
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.