Mighty Millipede

Mighty Millipede
Photo by Matthew T. Ross

While the name millipede is latin for "a thousand feet", no one has discovered a millipede with more than 750 legs. This phenomenal specimen was found basking around rock springs near Orlando, Florida. Millipedes are ancient creatures dating back to the silurian period which was about 443 million years ago. The millipedes that lived back then were considerably larger than this one, which required a macro lens to get a good shot. The silurian millipedes grew to be over 2 meters in length!

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Matthew is a neuroscientist investigating vocal motor processing, focusing on how the brain changes during development, but is passionate about all things science. He loves art and photography, producing his own digital artwork inspired by science and anatomy. Matthew also plays guitar and piano and has recorded several albums. You can find more of his projects at his website:

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