Missing link Spider

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Two teams of scientists unveiled a “missing-link” species of spider with a scorpion-like tail found perfectly preserved in amber in Southeast Asia’s forests after at least 100 million years.

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It’s a missing link between the ancient Uraraneida order, which resemble spiders but have tails and no silk-making spinnerets, and modern spiders, which lack tails.

With a total body length of about six mm (one fifth of an inch) — half taken up by the tail — C. yingi is, truly, an itsy bitsy spider.

They also have venom secreted from special-purpose glands, but neither of the studies was able to confirm that C. yingi could poison its prey.

SOURCE – THE HINDU.