City Centipede: An Urban Legend with Real Legs

You can find some pretty strange creatures in New York City's Central Park, especially after dark. But it's not every day that you run into one with poisonous fangs and 41 pairs of legs. In fact, this particular creature had never before been seen by scientists, in or out of the city, which is why it made headlines last week.

Technically, the 82-leg beast is a centipede (despite their name, centipedes never have exactly 100 legs). But it is so unusual that taxonomists determined it is not just a new species but a new genus as well. (Genus is a...

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