posted on Nov, 13 2003 @ 01:23 PM
The ancient cousins of modern spiders could have been spinning webs 55 million years before the reign of the dinosaurs, a scientist says.
What appear to be silk-spinning structures have been found on the body of an ancient arachnid fossil.
The 300-million-year-old creature, Aphantomartus pustulatus, could have used silk threads to trap prey.
It is a trigonotarbid, part of a group of ancient arthropods that were among the first animals to colonise land.
Trigonotarbids are not true spiders but are thought to be related. If they really could spin webs - which some scientists doubt - they may be more
closely related to spiders than previously thought.
Jeez! What is it with Spiders today? It's just an unhappey coincidence, but it's got me worried. They're the last things I want on my mind.