Greek mythology tells of a fire-breathing Chimera with the heads of a lion, a serpent and a goat that once stalked Lycia, a region in what is now the southern coast of Turkey. A recently discovered species of scorpion from Lycia falls short of the Chimera in the terror department, yet serves as an amazing example of how undiscovered species hide in plain sight.
The hero Bellerophon needed a lead-tipped spear and Pegasus, the flying horse, to take down the Chimera. However, a boot would probably be enough to finish off the new species of scorpion. Entomologists discovered the 2.5 inch-long scorpion hiding out in pine forests or clambering over chalky rocks in Antalya and Muğla Provinces, the modern names for ancient Lycia.
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