A bug that's bigger than me? O noes.
Well, to be fair, the scientists are
basing this on the fossil that they discovered of the creature's claw. As you and I were discussing in Which Fish? #2
, it can be dangerous to infer too much from a single specimen. Maybe the creature existed exactly as described; maybe it actually looked like Keith Richards with claws and flew through the air singing an early rendition of "Let's Spend the Night Together."
Most likely the scientists have a few details wrong, including, possibly, those details relating to its size. Nonetheless, the fossil does represent a claw that was eighteen inches long, which is monstrous enough to get my attention regardless of exactly how big the creature that sported it was. I mean, if a creature's sharp parts are bigger than my soft parts, I walk in the other direction.Or swim, as the case may be.