Latest Arthropod Stories
New York has a secret weapon when it comes to dealing with refuse on city streets, according to a new study: ants, spiders and insects that consume over one ton of discarded junk food annually along the Broadway/West Street corridor alone!
One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time.
An international team of scientists has identified the what they call "an exquisitely preserved" brain in the fossil of a group of animals known as anomalocaridids, or "abnormal shrimp."
Scientists from Yale University studied the extinct pterygotid eurypterid, a giant sea scorpion, the largest arthropod that ever lived. It was always believed to be a fierce predator, but a recent study revealed that may not have been the case.
Several large marine animals have evolved from fearsome predators to become gentle giants that use filtering appendages to ingest food, and new research has revealed a similar evolution in a group of predators that roamed the oceans 520 million years ago during the Early Cambrian.
Researchers studying the evolution of a California walking stick into separate, distinct forms have found that such rapid changes in a creature’s appearance can set of a chain of ecological impacts.
Researchers discovered the earliest known complete nervous system in the fossil of a never-before described creature with huge claws and a spider-like brain.
A new study from the UK reveals that the explosion of animal life on Earth that occurred around 520 million years ago was the result of a combination of interlinked factors, rather than a single underlying cause.
A new study explores one supposed flaw in Darwin’s theory – the so-called ‘big bang’ of evolution that took place during the so-called Cambrian explosion 540 to 520 million years ago.
For the first time, scientists have found fossils that let them see through the head of the "fuxianhuiid" arthropod, revealing one of the earliest evolutionary examples of limbs used for feeding along with the oldest nervous system to stretch beyond the head in fossil record.
Image Caption: Scutigeromorph centipede, probably Allothereua maculata. Credit: Chris Bloke / Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0) Allothereua maculate is a species of house centipede that can be found in Australia. Its range extends from Queensland to Western Australia, an area where it is commonly found. It prefers a habitat within moist woodland areas or urban areas. It can reach an average body length of up to one inch. Its body is dark brown in body, with darker striped marking the fifteen...
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