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1 Largest Spider EVER on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:17 am

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The legs would have spanned up to 15cm, front to back




Its fossilised features have been so perfectly preserved that experts have identified it down to the exact species and were even able to tell it was an adult female.

The Golden Orb Weaver has been named Nephila jurassica. It lived in the forests of northern [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] when the climate was much warmer and more tropical than today.

Its discovery in Inner Mongolia means Golden Orb Weavers, or 'nephilids' – giant spiders that can grow bigger than a human hand and which still thrive today – are the longest ranging spider genus known to man in terms of age.

Prof Paul Selden, a paleontologist from Kansas University, said the females are the largest web-weaving spiders alive today with a body length of up to two inches and a leg span of six inches. Males are relatively diminutive in comparison.

They are "common and spectacular" inhabitants of tropical and subtropical regions with females weaving distinctive five foot wide webs of yellow silk that glisten like gold in sunlight.

2 Re: Largest Spider EVER on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:21 am

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so cool man

3 Re: Largest Spider EVER on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:45 am

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That is a big spider, I hate spiders. I have so many stories about them.

4 Re: Largest Spider EVER on Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:38 am

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I frickin love spiders and snakes.

5 Re: Largest Spider EVER on Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:31 am

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thats fucking huge. o.o

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