Published: September 23, 2015

Millipedes: The First Land Animals

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop

Alert

More than 420 million years ago ancient millipedes took their first many—many, many, many—steps onto land.

More than 420 million years ago ancient millipedes took their first many—many, many, many—steps onto land. Today they remain largely cryptic animals, as there are tens of thousands of species still unknown to science. Associate Curator Dr. Petra Sierwald, arachnologist and millipede expert, is working to create a visual atlas to help with our understanding and identification of these mysterious creatures!

If you find a millipede and would like to have it identified, send us an image! thebrainscoop(at)gmail(dot)com

A massive thank-you to Petra for taking the time to film with us. My love and appreciation for millipedes has never been greater! 

Learn more about Petra's research and millipedes here, http://bit.ly/1KuV50R