Named By: Erik N. kjellesvig-Waering -1972.
Classification: Arthropoda, Chelicerata, Arachnida, Scorpiones.
Species: B. anglicus (type).
Size: Estimated body length of 90 centimetres.
Known locations: England, Worcestershire.
Time period: Late Silurian.
Fossil representation: A single pedipalp.
A good example of the large arthropods that dominated the world before invertebrates took over, it has been surmised that Brontoscorpio was aquatic. Unfortunately the only known part of this ancient scorpion is the pedipalp, and it is from comparison of this body part to other known specimens that the size estimate has been established.
- Brontoscorpio anglicus: a gigantic Lower Paleozoic scorpion from central England. - Journal of Paleontology. 46 (1): 39–42. - Erik N. Kjellesvig-Waering - 1972.