Researchers can never know exactly how the spider came to be stuck in resin on a tree in its state of excitement. And, missing is the object of the spider's affection. Perhaps the spider trapped in amber and its lady friend became separated, the female making it out alive, the researchers speculate.
Or, study lead Jason Dunlop told National Geographic: "It might be the case that the animal was struggling as it was trapped in the tree resin, and that this caused the blood pressure to shoot up and the penis to become squeezed out accidentally."
The study by Dunlop and his colleagues has been published in The Science of Nature.
Info via National Geographic
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