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100 million years old spiders with SCORPION tails found in amber by Noblex: 10:01 am On Feb 06
100-million-years-old spiders with SCORPION tails found in amber
Spine-tingling spiders with scorpion-like tails have been found in amber dating back 100 million years. The primitive creatures have been named after a monster from Greek mythology that was made of the parts of more than one animal. The creepy crawlies scurried around the undergrowth of the rainforests of Burma during the age of the dinosaurs.
Their tails were longer than their bodies and were used as a sensory device to seek out prey or escape predators. Called a telson, similar tails are seen it today in scorpions, but they have never been known before in a spider. Researchers say it's possible that descendants of the creatures might still be alive today in the rainforests of southeast Asia.
The newly discovered species also had fangs, just like today's arachnids, through which it would inject venom into insects it trapped in pincer-like claws.
Four fossils were so perfectly preserved scientists could also identify specialised male sexual organs called pedipalps.
Similar to a tiny hypodermic needle they are used to transfer sperm to females.
While creeping through the forest, the spiders became enveloped in a pool of resin oozing from conifer trees.
The foursome were entombed in stunning detail.
The head, fangs, male pedipalps, four walking legs and silk-producing spinnerets at the rear could all be observed.
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