The discovery of new species is always very important from the point of view of science. Especially if these species died out hundreds of millions of years ago. Such findings help scientists better understand how evolution works and find out what our planet was like long before people settled it. On the eve of the University of Kansas staff published pictures of the amazing “tailed spider”, whose body is almost perfectly preserved in a piece of amber. This unusual creature lived on Earth more than 100 million years ago.
A piece of amber with unusual contents inside was found in Myanmar. Previously, such spiders were not known to science. The new species was named Chimerarachne yingi in honor of the chimera, because of the presence of modern spiders discovered individual has the presence of the tail. Chimera in Greek mythology called the monster with the head and neck of a lion, the body of a goat and a tail in the shape of a snake. Scientists agree that the chimera spider is an intermediate link in the evolution of arachnids.
Chimerarachne yingi almost did not know how to weave a web, since the organ responsible for its production was at the spider’s in its infancy. The tail, as the researchers suggest, helped the creature to hunt and protect itself from predators. This kind of flagellum spider used as a tactile organ, in order to feel surrounding objects and find prey. The body size of the spider is about 2.5 millimeters, while the length of the tail reaches 3 millimeters. The results of their research scientists published in the journalNature Ecology and Evolution.