Paul Selden, an invertebrate paleontologist and Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geology, was recently featured in an article for National Geographic which discussed his recent discovery of a new species of spider from ancient times.
This species is identified as being from the late Cretaceous period and is named Electroblemma bifida. Selden said the specimens were found in a block of Burmese amber which was acquired by Weiwei Zhang, a co-author of his new study on the spiders.
Selden describes this new species as "bizarre" and is particularly intrigued by the horned fangs found on the species which he believes indicates sexual characteristics that allowed the spiders to differentiate between male and female in this unusual branch of the armored spider family.
To read more on Selden's rare find at National Geographic click here.