….Dear god the humanity.
The monstrosity pictured above is a fossil and it contains the exact moment that an extinct species of creepy ass spider decided to decimate that equally extinct and creepy species of wasp.
That wasp was dinner. It was going to be frakking delicious and in the moment spide-y tried to extract some of it’s nommy goodness, tree resin from above flowed on top of the two of them.
The chances of something like this occurring were one in a million. Seriously, imagine having that kind of luck.
George Poinar, Jr., a zoology professor at Oregan State Universited explained further saying “This was a male wasp that suddenly found itself trapped in a spider’s web. This was the wasp’s worst nightmare and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked, when tree resin flowed over and captured both of them.”
The amber containing the spider, wasp and 15 strands of spider silk was excavated in a Burmese mine. It dates back to the early Cretaceous period, some 97 million to 110 million years ago. It’s also the first fossil evidence of a spider attack.
What makes it all the more interesting is that the wasp that’s in the Amber was known to eat spider eggs. That tree resin came in just in time to prevent the spider from fully exacting out its sweet sweet revenge.
Let’s just hope those guys who are trying to clone the mammoth don’t get a hold of this baby.
Nation, what do you think about the fossil? Historically interesting or intensely horrifying?