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Scientists Discover a New, Larger Species of Scorpion

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Has your sleep been fairly nightmare-free over the past week or so? Maybe it's because we've gone a while without a new critter story. Don't worry, we're going to make up for that today with a little item we came across via the popular website I Fucking Love Science.
 
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Photo: Ersen Aydın Yağmur/ZooKeys
 
It seems a team of Turkish and Italian zoologists have found a new species of scorpion in the woods of southwest Turkey – one which is quite a bit larger than most others of its kind.
 
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Photo: Ersen Aydın Yağmur/ZooKeys
 
Now, before you go freaking out on us, you should know that this new specimen – named Euscorpius lycius – is still fairly small, measuring around 2.5 centimeters, and its stinger's venom is not lethal to humans. But since they're still discovering new species of Euscorpius (this makes five so far), who knows what they'll find next?
 
The details of the team's findings are published in the journal ZooKeys.
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