Around 120 million years ago, tarantulas first appeared on the Gondwana supercontinent in what is now the Americas, and then dispersed into Africa, Australia and India.
Learn more about these fascinating arthropods as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about spiders.
An arachnologist described a new species of peacock spider after a citizen scientist discovered it in the wetlands of southern Australia.
Ingenious web construction allows tangle web spiders to lift animals too heavy for the spiders' tiny muscles to support.
Extreme heat in Australia can send spiders scurrying for indoor shelter, and one family found themselves with a few hundred new roommates.
Britain's great fox-spider had not been seen since 1993. Turns out, it's been thriving on a military base.
A striking red-and-white pattern on a newly-described spider's back resembles the grin worn by iconic Batman villain, the Joker.
Seven new species of peacock spider have been discovered in Australia, one of which was named for Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night
High-resolution video of tiny, bizarre silk structures found across the Amazon known as a silkhenge show the mysterious spider construction as never before.
A man caught a spider eating his goldfish in midair. This is creepily common among semiaquatic spiders, which live across the globe.
A man who felt a tickling and scratching sensation in his ear soon discovered something horrifying: A spider had crawled into his ear.
Susie Torres didn't expect that the strange 'swishing noise' she was hearing would turn out to have eight legs.
In southeastern Colorado, male Oklahoma brown tarantulas will soon begin their annual migration to reach the prairies where female spiders live.
When Australia got too hot and dry, which killed off forests, these woodland creatures decided to live underground.
Does the idea of a spider using its web to catapult itself at high speeds give you the willies? Then be forewarned: the triangle weaver spider (Hyptiotes cavatus) does just that.