Largest Fossil Spider Found in Volcanic Ash

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    The largest fossil spider uncovered to date once ensnared prey back in the age of dinosaurs, scientists find.


    The spider, named Nephila jurassica, was discovered buried in ancient volcanic ash in Inner Mongolia, China. Tufts of hairlike fibers seen on its legs showed this 165-million-year-old arachnid to be the oldest known species of the largest web-weaving spiders alive today — the golden orb-weavers, or Nephila, which are big enough to catch birds and bats, and use silk that shines like gold in the sunlight.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20110420/sc_livescience/largestfossilspiderfoundinvolcanicash
     
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  3. Quiche

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    :eek: :thud:
     
  4. Dr.Fessel

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    I want one!!
     
  5. peeples

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    Soo cool!!!!!!
     
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    Well I feel gipped. I thought this spider was going to be the size of Shelob in Lord of the Rings. sigh.
     
  7. Hopeful One

    Hopeful One Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones who

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    Yuck!! But cool nonetheless!!
     

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