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"Millipeds are undoubtedly among the most fascinating animals on the planet . . . ," writes Shear in his wide-ranging review of these unassuming arthropods. Largely ignored by the merely bipedal of the world, the multi-legged millipeds have marched their way to nearly every continent on the globe (with Antarctica being the lone exception). There may be nearly 80,000 species worldwide that have evolved into a dazzling array of forms: some poisonous and brilliantly colored, some with hook-like bristles to ensnare potential predators, and yet others that use a manufactured tool to mate. Find out why everyone should know more about millipeds.

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