Famous for their many legs, millipedes are arthropods that date back more than 420 million years. As detritivores, their vegetarian diet of leaf litter and other organic matter helps to keep our ecosystems in balance on every continent except Antarctica.

In this episode of The Brain Scoop, Emily Graslie meets with The Field Museum‘s Associate Curator Dr. Petra Sierwald, arachnologist and millipede expert, to get a close up looks at these mysterious, multi-legged creatures.

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