Centipedes significantly outscore humans in the leg count but come up short on genes, say researchers who’ve mapped the complete genome of the creepy crawly creatures.

The first mapping of Strigamia maritima, a European centipede, shows it possesses around 15,000 genes, just around two-thirds of a human’s 22,000 or so, they say.

Still, the findings are likely to provide more insight into how life evolved on Earth, the international research ream reported in the journal PLOS Biology.

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