Check Out These Weird-Ass Ancient Proto-Spiders Trapped in Amber


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Michael Byrne | MOTHERBOARD

What, you may ask, is a proto-spider? It’s the thing that preceded spiders in evolution—the first attempt, the dry run. Thanks to two international teams of paleobiologists, we now have a collection of four proto-spider specimens preserved in amber and dating back some 100 million years. Their work is published this week in two papers in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

The spiders are of the type Chimerachne yingi, a name that translates from Latin to “chimera spider.” This is meant to reflect its evolutionary „in-betweenness.“

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