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Bird spiders detectives: The solution to a 200-year-old hairy mystery

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 08:27 AM

Three species and three genera of birdeater spiders are described as new to science. In a new study, Brazilian spider experts report the diversity of the oldest tarantula genus, whose name derives from a famous 18th century illustration. Despite comprising a great number of species, the genus has remained a mystery for more than 200 years.

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