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Jan 20 2014

Holy Crap: World’s Largest Fossil Spider Discovered

spider_fossil_1170-770x46099 times out of a hundred the discovery of a new type of creature in fossil form makes me wish either Jurassic Park or time travel were real things. Then there’s other finds, like these giant-ass spiders.

The fossil spider’s body length is 1.65 centimeters, and its first leg length is 5.82 centimeters. “It’s the largest fossil spider—and great to have both male and female,” says Paul Selden.

So if you’re an American trying to figure out how big these things are in your head, let me help. The body is about 5/8 of an inch long and the long front leg is about 2 1/3 inches. So it’s not even quite as big as that tarantula your friend brought to show-and-tell that one time. But it is still bigger than any spider that you’ll find in your bathtub. And if that’s not the case, it’s time for you to move.

No bugs should be this big, or this evil-looking. It’s fossils like these that will keep me out of the distant past. No matter how cheap time travel gets.

Hit the jump for another horrifying shot.

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