Largest ever spider fossil discovered
By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2011 · 17 comments
Image Credit: Paul Selden
A giant prehistoric spider fossil has found with a 6-inch legspan that lived 165 million years ago.
The massive arachnid would have lived in the forests of China when the climate was a long warmer than it is today, scientists believe that only the female spider would have reached such a size and that the males were relatively small in comparison.
The Golden Orb Weaver has been named Nephila jurassica. It lived in the forests of northern China when the climate was much warmer and more tropical than today.
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