Thursday, February 11, 2010

And Not Just Chinasaurs...

Foxnews has a report on some amazingly preserved spiders found in China. It states, in part:
The creepy crawlies were unearthed by Paul Seldon, a paleontologist from Kansas, who discovered them in China's Daohugou region. This area is rich with fossils because, during the Jurassic era, the fossil bed here was part of a lake in a volcanic region.

Spider fossils from this period are rare, because the arachnids' soft bodies don't preserve well. But Mr Seldon was delighted to discover these specimens had been almost perfectly preserved because they had became trapped in volcanic ash.
They are thought to be around 165 million years ago. Here is the accompanying picture from the Foxnews Story.

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