Spiders

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305-Million-Year-Old 'Almost Spider' Unlocks Arachnid History
A computed tomography image reveals the 305-million-year-old arachnid that is almost, but not quite, a spider.
March 30th, 2016
A new fossil isn't quite a spider, but it's close. Dubbed Idmonarachne brasieri after the Greek mythological figure Idmon, father of Arachne, a weaver turned into a spider by a jealous goddess, the "almost spider" lacks silk-weaving spinnerets.
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Trap-Jaw Spiders Nab Prey at Superfast Speeds
April 7th, 2016
Wee arachnids with unusual "jaw" structures are unexpectedly swift predators.
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Toad-Eating Spider Named for Famed Physicist
Dolomedes briangreenei, named after physicist Brian Greene, eats fish for supper.
March 14th, 2016
A spindly toad-eating spider that creates vibrational waves on the water's surface in order to navigate and capture prey has been discovered in Brisbane, Australia, scientists announced at the World Science Festival last week.
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Scientists Find 8 New Species of Spider with Whiplike Legs
February 17th, 2016
Scientists recently described eight new species of a long-legged spider native to Brazil, nearly doubling the number of known species in the genus.
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These Spiders Like Some Greens with Their Insects
A jumping spider (<em>Plexippus</em> sp.) covered with yellow Hibiscus pollen in Kinshasa, Congo.
March 15th, 2016
Spiders are known as clever predators, trapping and stalking their insect prey. But many species round out their diets with a little roughage.
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Kinky Spiders: Males Tie Up Partners During Sex
February 23rd, 2016
For male nursery-web spiders, bondage during mating can be a matter of life and death.
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