World’s oldest known spider dies aged 43 in Australia

Australian researchers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest recorded spider, unlocking key information about the mysterious eight-legged creature.
Australian researchers have discovered that a 43-year-old trapdoor spider, which recently died had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico.  Curtin University researcher Leanda Mason said that the research project was initiated by Barbara York Main in 1974, who monitored the long-term spider population for over 42 years in a region of Western Australia.


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