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« on: December 16, 2008, 08:37:04 AM »

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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.

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008, 11:28:45 AM »

I don't know why, exactly, but I find this interesting  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2008, 12:08:09 PM »

^I don't know why, but I do too. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008, 12:41:44 PM »

^I don't know why, but I do too. Pretty cool.

Agreed - very cool stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008, 01:32:55 PM »

I saw this article yesterday as well... interesting but it creeps me out, too.  *Shiver*

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.

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008, 04:20:34 PM »

No, no, E...that shouldn't creep you out.....THIS should creep you out!!! laugh Have a nice day! angel

The giant spider webs of Texas:
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2008, 10:32:43 PM »

Ugh... actually, those might be worms.  My parents' farm suffers from the occasional outbreak of worms spinning webs in their orchard.  What fruit was on the trees is usually too infested to eat and the leaves oftentimes don't survive being wrapped in webs and eaten.  And it's horrible when you walk into the webs when you're not watching where you're going.  Yick.
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2008, 12:06:08 AM »

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The giant spider webs of Texas:

Yeow. I thought that was bird netting ....  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2008, 01:06:28 AM »

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.

It's pretty viscous stuff, and quite slow moving. It creeps up on its prey and takes insects and even spiderwebs unaware. Wink

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. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2008, 11:46:31 AM »

  And it's horrible when you walk into the webs when you're not watching where you're going.  Yick.

Especially....WHEN IT'S ALL AROUND YOU! BWAHAHAHAHA! Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2008, 01:38:30 PM »

If I had mad Photoshop skills, I'd strategically place Shelob right behind those two dudes.   Wink
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2008, 07:13:23 PM »

That would be awesome. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 07:43:58 PM »

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. Tongue
You get that just by loading pine wood into a storage space for later use as firewood. Tongue  Of course, I know the sap as pitch.
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