Scientists have discovered an ancient arachnids «Chimera»

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Scientists have discovered a new representative of the arachnids, who lived about a hundred million years ago. On the finding, they said in an article published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Two studies of the Cretaceous arachnid Chimerarachne yingi preserved in amber document a key transition in spider evolution

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The unusual creature was found in amber deposits from the Cretaceous period in the North of Myanmar. In appearance it is similar to modern spiders, but differs from them by the presence of the long tail. «He needed to feel objects. Long elastic tails usually need animals for this,» explained one of the study’s authors, Professor University of Kansas Paul Selden.

New species received a Latin name yingi Chimerarachne in honor of the Chimera, monster with head of lion, body of a goat and tail of a snake from the myths of Ancient Greece.

Previously, Selden and his colleagues described earlier arthropods — they lived in the Devonian and Permian periods about 380 and 290 million years ago, respectively. They were very similar to Chimerarachne yingi, but haven’t had a spider wart.