Fossil proves that spiders were even more horrifying for millions of years

Are you from the gang that dies of spider dread? Then you will be relieved to know that, luckily, over thousands of years of evolution, your "monstrous" ancestors have lost some of the features that would make them so much more horrifying! Take, for example, the following creature, fossilized discovery in an amber fragment:

Prehistoric spider

(BBC / Bo Wang)

Missing link

According to BBC Helen Briggs, the arachnid you just saw above is a former spider “cousin” that inhabited our planet about 100 million years ago and was found in a piece of amber discovered in Burma's forests. in Southeast Asia. Scientists have determined that the creature is part of the same group of animals that includes spiders and scorpions - and, as you may have noticed, it had a tail.

Prehistoric spider

(BBC / Bo Wang)

According to paleontologists who examined the specimen, the prehistoric spider lived its heyday during the Cretaceous period, that is, it roamed around here at the same time as the great reptiles - tyrannosaurus among them - reigned on our planet. As explained, the creature has characteristics present in both ancestral arachnids and modern animals and was named after the scientific name Chimerarachne yingi .

In total, the scientists found four specimens and determined that C. yingi was capable of producing yarn, but probably did not create webs like today's spiders - and with regard to the tail, its presence only confirms what was already known to do. some time.

Prehistoric spider

(BBC / Bo Wang)

About a decade ago, paleontologists concluded that spiders had evolved from tailed arachnids that existed 315 million years ago. However, they had never found a "proof" - in this case, a creature whose characteristics served as a link between past and present and filled the gap in their evolutionary line.

Despite the slightly disturbing aspect - especially for arachnophobes - the truth is that the creatures discovered in Burma are tiny. On the other hand, they show how lucky we were that the spiders have lost their tail over the millennia and have not evolved into a kind of, I don't know ... super-poisonous or aggressive "scorpion". Hard to imagine? Think about what a scorpion stinger-equipped armchair would look like ...