Long tail spider
Researchers discovered a long tail spider that ages 100 million years. At the time of the middle of the Cretaceous geological period, these spider species get frozen in amber, a fossilized tree resin.
According to researchers, the spider tail as “whip-like” structure and it looks like a previously discovered unknown “lineage of tailed spiders”. While, these discovered species named as Chimerarachne yingi, the name coming from the Greek mythology.
This scientific discovery happens when scientists get an amber from Myanmar that sold in China. However, researchers also found four tailed spider fossils. The length of the four bodies is about 2.5 millimeters long with 3-millimeter-long tail.
Researchers from university of Kansas, said, the discovered species look like a spider having teeth, male pedipalps, four walking legs and silk-delivering spinnerets at its back.
The silk from the chimera spider not used to spin webs. According to the study, the chimera spider can use the silk to wrap eggs for spinnerets. While, the previously discovered tailed spiders did not have spinnerets. So, the new discover adds a piece to the confound of the arachnid’s developmental heredity.
Researcher Paul Selden said, in our analysis, it comes out sort of in between the older one that hadn’t developed the spinneret and modern spider that has lost the tail.
According to researchers, the discovered spider trapped in amber, we assume it was living on or around tree trunks. Like all spiders it would have been a carnivore and eaten insects.
Selden said the spider’s remote living space made it conceivable that followed relatives may even now be alive in Myanmar’s backwoods to this day.