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If you are afraid of insects, this might be [difficulty / difficult] reading. A fossil found on a beach in England shows that the biggest bug that [never / ever] lived was the size of a small car. The fossil is [of / off] a giant millipede. This monster creature could have had [hundreds / hundred] of legs. Although the name "millipede" means "one thousand legs" [by / in] Latin, few species actually have 1,000 feet. There is [one / once] species that can have 1,300 legs. The fossil hunters in England said [what / that] they found is "definitely the biggest bug that ever lived". They said the millipede was [round / around] 2.7 metres long and weighed over 50kg. This would have been a [scary / scared] sight. It would need a huge amount [of / to] insect spray to keep it away.

The scientists found the fossil [at / by] chance. A lecturer at the University of Cambridge's department of earth sciences said [what / they] found a rock on the beach. It had recently [fallen / fell] from a cliff. He said: "It was a complete [fluke / flake] of a discovery. It was an incredibly exciting [found / find] ." He explained that the fossil dates back over 326 million years. This was 100 million years [before / less] the Age of the Dinosaurs. The researchers believe that the millipede had a high-nutrient [dietary / diet] because it was so huge. They said: "While we can't know for [sure / unsure] what they ate, there were plenty of [nutritious / nutrition] nuts and seeds available...at the time." They may also have eaten frogs and lizards, but not humans (or any of our ancient [ancestor / ancestors] ).

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