Great Googley Moogley: That’s an Old Spider
In the past few weeks, we have finally seen reliable evidence of a dinosaur’s colors. Right on the heels of that, we saw reliable evidence of a dinosaur’s colors. Right on the heels of that, we see a very old spider.
Because soft tissue typically decomposes before it can fossilize, it’s extremely rare to see such an old specimen. It was most likely preserved in volcanic ash, a fine enough powder to make a remarkably detailed impression without crushing the spider. The spider’s closest living relatives can be found in California, Arizona, Mexico, and Cuba; their features closely resemble their Jurassic forbear (or do spiders have eightbears?)
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