Giant sand worms roamed England 260 million years ago

March 16th, 2009 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI  

London, March 16 (ANI): Scientists have come across evidence for the existence of giant sand worms that lived 260 million years ago, in Torbay, UK.

The worms, which grew up to 3ft long and 6in wide, are thought to have lived underground before dinosaurs roamed the earth.

According to a report in the Telegraph, proof of the creatures existence was found by experts at the English Riviera Geopark organization, who discovered large burrow holes that are said to have been made by the creatures as they traveled beneath the surface.

Geologist Dr Kevin Page said that the discovery of the underground holes is an unprecedented find in science and represents life - but not as we know it.

It really is quite extraordinary. Nothing like this has ever been found before. The underground area is peppered with these burrows, he said.

There is no supporting evidence to suggest they were made by creatures we know about, so what were looking at is an entirely new life form, he added.

It is very, very strange. They were made at the end of the Paleozoic period before dinosaurs came along when the earth teemed with creatures which are now extinct, said Dr Page.

We have found the holes, but as yet, we havent found the animals which made them, he added.

The large holes were found across an area of sediment at the bottom of what was a desert wadis - a valley or dry river bed that only contains water during times of heavy rain.

According to Dr Page, a lecturer at Plymouth University, the worms lived underground and only come to the surface to drink and feed.

They would have looked like the worms from the film Dune. It is science fiction meeting science fact, he said.

We know about giant millipedes at the time but this is something quite different. They are unknown to science and a completely new species. It is life, but not as we know it, he added. (ANI)

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