Tuesday 6 May 2014

Spider Evolution Should Make You Even More Terrified Of Spiders

Esther Inglis-Arkell

You probably only think of spiders as the horrible venomous arachnids that use two of their legs to pry open your eyelids so they can inject your eyeballs with venom while you're sleeping. Turns out? When you look at how they evolved to produce that venom they get even scarier.

The Spider Venom Basics
Spiders are under-studied because, as experts themselves agree, they are terrifying bringers of death that if handled are likely to drop into our clothes and crawl into our underwear. Also there are a lot of them. Conservatively speaking, there are about 38,000 species of spiders, and over their 130-million year history, they have evolved complicated cocktails of venom.

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