Spiders Have Been Around For A Long Time

I get the Wired Science RSS feed everyday and was incredibly grossed out and amazed by a posting on a 165-million year old spider fossil that had been found in China. The fossils were found at a site called Daohugou in Northern China that is filled with fossilized salamanders, small primitive mammals, insects and water crustaceans. During the Jurassic era, the fossil bed was part of a lake in a volcanic region. The images included in the post and the ones found in the related stories will really capture your student’s interest!

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