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Great Googley Moogley: That’s an Old Spider

February 9, 2010
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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?)

Get a load of this!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan permalink
    February 9, 2010 4:48 pm

    No…

  2. Jonathan permalink
    February 9, 2010 6:50 pm

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