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Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier said the 140-million-year-old webbing provides evidence that arachnids had been ensnaring their prey in silky nets since the dinosaur age. He also said the strands were linked to each other in the roughly circular pattern familiar to gardeners the world over."You can match the details of the spider's web with the spider's web in my garden," Brasier said.
I...want... to be wrong.
^I don't know why, but I do too. Pretty cool.
The giant spider webs of Texas:
It's really strange, too, how amber can preserve something so delicate as a spider web. I would have thought that flowing tree sap would obliterate the threads.
And it's horrible when you walk into the webs when you're not watching where you're going. Yick.
By the way, don't try to climb a pine tree unless you want to spend an hour scrubbing off sap off your hands with turpentine.
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