Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fossilized Spider

"Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider’s web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time.


But as for catching unsuspecting prey in a web, that appears to be a ... strategy that has survived the test of time. ... This recent discovery is considered the first and only fossilized example of a spider attack on prey caught in its web."

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