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Re: insects - not! (OT)



pheret wrote:
> 
> is this only a dinosaur list, or can i ask about insects...
> what is the biggest spider fossil found...

You mean of course ARACHNIDS. Spiders aren't insects. Arthropod would
have done though (since it's much nore inclusive).

There was a time when the biggest spider was thought to have been as
large as a dog - until it was found that the fossil was actually of a
crustacean.

http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/s/146/146372_spider_as_big_as_a_dog_didnt_exist.html

So the largest spider ever known to exist is a living species - the
Goliath bird-eating spider (*Theraphosa leblondi). It's apparently the
size of a baby rabbit (although much less cuddly).

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Dann Pigdon
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