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Spider Genes and Fossils Spin Tales of the Original Worldwide Web

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Science  23 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5781, pp. 1730
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1730a

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A new study of spider-silk genetics on page 1762 of this issue of Science strengthens the case for a single origin of orb webs in the two groups of spiders that make such webs. And on page 1761, researchers report the oldest example of spider silk entrapping prey, underscoring the long-lived success of orb webs. (Read more.)