Today in Ancient Arachnid Activities…

Photo credit: AMNH / David Grimaldi

Behold the prehistoric perfection of a 20 million-year-old spider exquisitely preserved in Dominican amber while in the act of unweaving their special spider silk.

Here’s some additional info about Dominican amber from a helpful Redditor:

“Dominican amber is amber from the Dominican Republic. This spider was caught in resin from the extinct tree Hymenaea protera, which is the source of Dominican amber and of most amber found in the tropics. Dominican amber is different from Baltic amber (Baltic region) by being nearly always transparent and having a higher number of fossil inclusions. This has facilitated the detailed reconstruction of the ecosystem of a long-vanished tropical forest.”

To learn more about what this ancient spooder was up to, watch this fascinating video of Dr. Cheryl Hayashi from the American Museum of Natural History talking about spiders and their amazing silks:

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