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The arachnid C. yingi preserved in amber, with its tail visible | Di-Ying Huang et al., Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Animals

Cretaceous ‘Monster Spider’ Had Modern and Primitive Features, Including a Tail

A newly discovered fossil arachnid exhibits an unusual mixture of features, including an ultra-long tail.

Close-up of one of the C. yingi specimens | Di-Ying Huang et al., Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Reconstruction of C. yingi | Bo Wang
Ecological reconstruction of C. yingi | Di-Ying Huang et al., Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
One of the C. yingi specimens showing some of the amber inclusions | Bo Wang