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October 9 2012

Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered


Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web a 100 million-year-old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time.

The extraordinarily rare fossils are in a piece of amber that preserved this event in remarkable detail, an action that took place in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar in the Early Cretaceous between 97-110 million years ago, almost certainly with dinosaurs wandering nearby.

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