Researchers at Oregon State University have uncovered a unprecedented find: a spider attacking a wasp
, both captured
in amber (larger image here
). The story, published in the journal Historical Biology
, details that the attack occurred some 100 million years ago, during the early Cretaceous, in what is now Myanmar. Both the spider and the wasp belong to now-extinct species.
The amber fragment also contained the body of another spider in the same web, which may be the oldest evidence yet for social behaviour in spiders.
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Oct 10, 2012 -
It was known as "dragon's spittle perfume" by the ancient Chinese and encountered by Sinbad in "The Thousand and One Nights". It was recorded by Marco Polo and mentioned in the literature of Shakespeare. Called "floating gold", "Neptune's niece", and a process of "divine chemistry", Ambergris
, or "Grey Amber", was once harvested as a rare and costly perfume additive and coveted as an aphrodisiac. But...
posted by taz
on May 2, 2003 -
Some sort of insanity must have possessed this guy
, making him think he could write a prequel trilogy
to Roger Zelazny's classic Amber
series (ahem, not this one
). Most reviewers
agree--and you can read
for yourself--that it's not very good. All this, and the fact that the Sci-Fi Channel
also has sinister plans
for the property means that there are only one or two nails left to be driven into the coffin of my childhood. Hooray!
posted by Hildago
on Sep 11, 2002 -