Ancient spider attack

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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  • Anilo4ever 3y

    Like Captain America and Red's never ended (trapped in time vortex).
  • eddyk22 3y

    What's that other larger leg attached to?
  • Cetacea Delphinidae Orcinus Orca 3y

    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.

    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.
  • ChillinAtTheVilla 3y

    The spider's leg is attached to the web. The larger spider is not visible in this picture.
  • XJ 3y

  • Aaron 2y

    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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Taken on October 1, 2012
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