• Jake Jordan

Fossil spider discovered to have had a tail-like appendage

Nature tends to reveal new and extraordinary objects and organisms to us all the time; this helps us understand and discover amazing facts about the past and what it was like.

A 100 million-year-old spider-like creature was found encapsulated in amber from the mid-Cretaceous Period in what is now called Myanmar (in Southeast Asia), according to Live Science.

Because the arachnid was trapped in amber, it probably lived around tree trunks. During the Cretaceous, Northern Myanmar was said to be covered in tropical rain forests.

The arachnid was discovered to have a weird but interesting addition to its body: a tail, which was 0.1 inches in length (longer than the actually spider, which was 0.07 inches long). The "flagellation appendage" looks like an antenna that is located on the bottom of the body of the spider.

Other than the strange tail, the arachnid is similar to modern spiders, according to the Independent. For example, it had fangs, and scientists believe it probably was a carnivore and ate insects. It also, like modern spiders, had spinnerets, and is believed to have weaved silk to wrap its eggs, nests, and other objects in; this silk was also probably used to line its burrows.