Ancient spider attack

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    This is the only fossil ever discovered that shows a spider attacking prey in its web. Preserved in amber, it's about 100 million years old. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

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    1. Anilo4ever 19 months ago | reply

      Like Captain America and Red Skull..it's never ended (trapped in time vortex).

    2. eddyk22 19 months ago | reply

      What's that other larger leg attached to?

    3. Cetacea Delphinidae Orcinus Orca 19 months ago | reply

      According to this, the larger legs belong to a mature male spider on the same web, although I would like to know how they determined its gender.
      oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/oct/fossil-ancient-s...

      Perhaps the next thing that would have occurred, had the resin not spilled over: large male spider eating tiny juvenile. I doubt papa was teaching junior how to hunt.

    4. ChillinAtTheVilla 19 months ago | reply

      The spider's leg is attached to the web. The larger spider is not visible in this picture.

    5. fearthecat 6 months ago | reply

      A hundred million years of perfection! I wish I could see the whole fossil in the sort of resolution that electron microscopes produce, but still with the beautiful amber colour.

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