Tuesday, March 14, 2006

 

Prehistoric spider fossil named after Alberta

"When you're that old, you can call yourself anything you want.

A 75-million-year-old spider found near Lethbridge has been named after Alberta.

The spider, measuring only about one millimetre long, was found in the 1970s preserved in a piece of amber.

It was stored in a collection of fossils at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller and examined in 2003 by visiting scientist David Penny of the University of Manchester, England.

The scientist determined it was a unique specimen and named in Orchestina Albertensis, after the province."
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