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Fossils In Amber May Provide Link Between Ancient Arachnids And Modern Spiders

Two teams of researchers are studying tailed spiders captured and preserved about 100 million years ago, which could provide evidence of the species' evolution.

Researchers have found a link between today's eight-legged spiders and an ancient group of arachnids that also possessed tails, according to two studies published in the latest issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Four fossils of the tiny crawlers were found largely intact, encased in Burmese amber that were recovered from Myanmar by researchers. The BBC the "cousin" of the spider — called — lived about 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.

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