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World's oldest spider discovered in Australian outback

Post by Dragon on Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:20 pm

Australian researchers have discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest recorded spider, unlocking key information about the mysterious eight-legged creature.

The research, published in Pacific Conservation Biology, suggests the 43-year-old Giaus Villosus trapdoor matriarch, who recently died during a long-term population study, had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico.

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Post by Dragon on Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:21 pm


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Post by Dragon on Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:32 pm



This video shows the incredible task of building a trapdoor lid on a tarantulas burrow. The whole process took 13 hours to complete.

One of the most significant moments to enjoy is when the tarantula uses its fangs as a pick tool to dig out some soil.

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