Oct 8 - 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Found in Amber

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Oct 8 - 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Found in Amber
 

 

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Researchers have found trapped in amber a rare dinosaur-age scene of a spider attacking a wasp caught in its web.

The piece of amber, which contains 15 intact strands of spider silk, provides the first fossil evidence of such an a.ssault, the researchers said. It was excavated in a Burmese mine and dates back to the Early Cretaceous, between 97 million and 110 million years ago.

"This juvenile spider was going to make a meal out of a tiny parasitic wasp, but never quite got to it," George Poinar, Jr., a zoology professor at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

"This was a male wasp that suddenly found itself trapped in a spider web. This was the wasp's worst nightmare, and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked, when tree resin flowed over and captured both of them."

Poinar and Ron Buckley, an amber collector from Kentucky, described the find in a paper published in the October issue of the journal Historical Biology. They wrote that while there are examples of amber-trapped insects caught in webs, "there is no previous fossil record of a spider attacking its ensnared prey."

The amber chunk also contains the body of another male spider in the same web, which might make the fossil the oldest known evidence of social behavior in spiders, according to the authors.

Both the spider and wasp species are today extinct. But the type of wasp (Cascoscelio incassus) belongs to a group that today is known to parasitize spider eggs, Poinor said. The attack on the wasp by the bristly orb-weaver spider, Geratonephila burmanica, might then be considered revenge.

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 5 years ago '08        #2
tdnupe3 9 heat pts
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Welcome................................... to Jurassic Park

Seriously, that's pretty cool though.
 5 years ago '05        #3
P DRILLA 103 heat pts103
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damn nature, you was scary 100 million years ago
 5 years ago '05        #4
Andrefrbk 1067 heat pts1067
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god disagrees with this fossil...
 5 years ago '10        #5
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Wow...that's cool
 5 years ago '12        #6
AJtheGreat 26 heat pts26
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Cool
 5 years ago '11        #7
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 Windy said:
bs that fossil is no more than than a couple centuries

my good book tells me so

fu*king atheist poisoners trying to undo gods work
find the author of that books family they have some explaining to do.
 10-09-2012, 05:12 AM         #8
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 Andrefrbk said:
god disagrees with this fossil...
yea add it to the list of things it disagrees with like logic, physics, biology, common sense, physiology, how plants work, time, weather, construction
 10-09-2012, 06:44 AM         #9
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 tdnupe3 said:
Welcome................................... to Jurassic Park

Seriously, that's pretty cool though.
Life... will find a way.
 5 years ago '11        #10
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Looks like a modern day spider to me. Spiders didn't evolve 100 million years ago?
 10-09-2012, 09:30 AM         #11
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 Andrefrbk said:
god disagrees with this fossil...
elaborate
 5 years ago '08        #12
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 Sniggit said:
elaborate
the earth was made 4000 years ago duh
 5 years ago '11        #13
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 Armen87 said:
sick. wonder if that spider has any dna in it. clone that bi*ch
Hell nah. I'm trying to get rid of the spiders we have. Id rather have dinosaurs. Atleast I can see the dangerous ones from far away.


And lol @dude's :"how plants work."
 10-09-2012, 10:42 AM         #14
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 davilla24c said:
the earth was made 4000 years ago duh


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 davilla24c said:
the earth was made 4000 years ago duh


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superdrunken 7 heat pts
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incredible
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cray how they havent really evolved since then and we have.... hmmm
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 Kadillac87 said:
Looks like a modern day spider to me. Spiders didn't evolve 100 million years ago?
Nor wasps. Everything else did, though.
 10-09-2012, 04:59 PM         #19
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God hates f*gs and fossils
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 IGOTsh*tTZ said:
Nor wasps. Everything else did, though.
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