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)

    brx0, skryer, jeffliebig, Joshua.McC, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Anilo4ever 30 months ago | reply

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

    2. eddyk22 30 months ago | reply

      What's that other larger leg attached to?

    3. Cetacea Delphinidae Orcinus Orca 30 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 30 months ago | reply

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

    5. fearthecat 17 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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