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re:a new guy in town

On Mon, 19 Jun 1995, John Bauer wrote:

> Being a complete novice, I had no ides a that insects were represented in the 
> fos    
> fossil record.
> Could you enlighten me as to how old the arachnids are?
> Thanks,
> john

        You might want to pick up a copy of the March, 1995 issue of 
Natural History.  It contains no less than 7 articles about spiders.  
Most of the articles deal with extant "pideys", but there is a snippet in 
the first article about a 138-mya fossil spider found in Spain.  There's 
even a pretty picture of the fossil in question.