Rare Spider Attack Fossil Found

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University researchers are celebrating the discovery of a fossil that froze a 100-million-year-old spider attack.

The fossils are in a chunk of amber found in Myanmar, dating back to the early Cretaceous period.

The spider was about to make a meal out of a parasitic wasp when tree resin flowed over them.

Researchers say the amber includes at least 15 unbroken strands of spider silk–the web.

They also say an attack like this between a spider and its prey caught in the web has never before been documented as a fossil.

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