From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Super spider from the mists of time
CHINA: The largest fossil spider discovered to date has been unearthed in Inner Mongolia, scientists reported today.
The spider, named Nephila jurassica, is a relative of modern golden orb-weavers and was around the same size, with a legspan of 15cm. It lived 165 million years ago.
Golden orb-weavers are the largest web-weaving spiders in the world, spinning webs over a metre across.
Their diet includes bats and small birds.
A golden orb-weaver spider (Araneae: Nephilidae: Nephila) from the Middle Jurassic of China: here.
Spiders protect webs with decorations: here.
Spiders, Too, at Risk in Human-Altered World: here.
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