techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com August 15, 2018


Pelican spiders lived 165 million-years-ago and they are 'spider assassins'

13 January 2018, 08:05 | Edward Lowe

Pelican spiders lived 165 million-years-ago and they are 'spider assassins'

The pelican spider's long neck and beak-like pincers give it an almost birdy appearance. Don't be fooled they're stone cold killers. Credit Hannah Wood Smithsonian

The pelican spiders do not spin webs of their own either, but they might be equipped with "tech" that allows them to follow the dragline of silk that all spiders leave behind when they walk.

This unusual family of spiders caught the attention of Hannah Wood, curator of arachnids and myriapods (millipedes and their relatives) at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and lead author on the new study. They're called pelican spiders because their very big jaws resemble seabirds beaks, National Geographic explains.

Researchers with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History have discovered 18 new species of pelican spider, a group of arachnids that look as absurd as they sound.

Pelican spider or assassin spider? As their victim struggles and potentially tries to attack their captor, the pelican spider keeps them at arm's length as they die from an injection of deadly venom. Spiders are just as afraid of you as you are of them, maybe even more so. "These spiders attest to the unique biology that diversified in Madagascar", Wood said in a press release. Today, pelican spiders are only found in Madagascar, South Africa, and Australia - distributed across the old southern supercontinent of Gondwana, which broke up over 100 million years ago (some fossils date back to 165 million years).

Kerala: Two arrested for allegedly converting woman by force, torturing her
The police are now ascertaining claims by the lady that the witnesses to the marriage were members of the Popular Front of India. He also tracked her phone calls and emails and used to keep her locked inside the apartment, the report said quoting the police.

The new species were discovered living in the jungles of Madagascar, an African island in the Indian Ocean that hosts a plethora of endemic plant and animal species - species not found anywhere else on Earth. If you're a spider, you know exactly what I'm describing - a beast, which, at least to smaller spiders, is an otherworldly, eldritch terror: the pelican spider.

"These spiders have likely been on Madagascar since Pangaean times, 180 million years ago", Wood told Smithsonian. Its favorite meal: other spiders.

Out of the 26 spiders that she sorted out, 18 species were found to be completely new ones which have never been seen before.

The California Academy of Sciences started an arthropod inventory in 2000, as the wildlife in Madagascar is not sufficiently studied.

Madrid advances in Copa despite 2-2 draw against Numancia
The draw is not the best result but you do not have to go insane ". "As a coach, I don't need a goalkeeper at the moment". When there are things like we're going through, where things aren't going as we want, it's about work.

Because the living spiders were found after their ancestors had been uncovered as fossils and presumed extinct, they can be considered a "Lazarus" taxon, risen from the dead.

Like the coelacanth, assumed extinct for millions of years, pelican spiders have survived millennia while barely changing at all. The new species of pelican spiders have same elongated neck and beak-like pincers or chelicerae like other pelican spiders.

Wood examined collections from expeditions to the island and her own fieldwork, making detailed measurements and observations of their physical and ecological characteristics, trying to piece together their interrelationships and their place in the local environment. It is also important to cover Madagascar as a spot which has a high potential for new species to be discovered, the press release reported.

Indiana Graduation Rate Declines
Statewide, Indiana's waiver graduation rate was 87.19 percent in 2017, and the non-waiver rate was 80.10 percent. Since 2006, the department says, the graduation rate in IN has risen by almost 10 percentage points.



Other News

Trending Now

Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview with Dossier Firm
The transcript was released unexpectedly Tuesday by the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Republican Sen.

Jefferies Group Analysts Give Acadia Healthcare (ACHC) a $42.00 Price Target
Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. American Assets Investment Mgmt Limited Liability Corp invested 0.8% of its portfolio in Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc .

USDA report shows more grain than earlier estimated
"USDA is expected to lower USA (soy) exports and raise stocks in this week's report, due to the ongoing slowness of exports". Soybean production was pegged at 4.392 billion bushels, down from the USDA's last estimate of 4.425 billion bushels.

Trump to get first presidential physical exam Friday
President Donald Trump is scheduled to have a medical exam on Friday, his first since taking office almost a year ago. Two months before the November 2016 election, Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr.

Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) PT Set at $17.00 by Robert W. Baird
Alesco Advisors Llc increased its stake in Apple Inc (AAPL) by 60.27% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Parametric Port Assocs Limited Liability Co holds 0% or 36,053 shares in its portfolio. 548 are owned by Bank Of Montreal Can.

Wall Street Analyst's Guidance: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX)
Balentine LLC grew its holdings in Netflix by 1,020.4% during the 3rd quarter. 10 funds opened positions while 22 raised stakes. Ctc Llc decreased its stake in Netflix Inc (NFLX ) by 50.55% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC.

Bautista Agut into Auckland tennis final
He then blitzed the second set, unleashing his trademark ground-stroke game and playing relentlessly accurate shots to settle the match.

(NYSE:LPX) Holdings Trimmed by Envestnet Asset Management Inc
The stock's 50-day average volume has been 1,786,644 shares, with an average of 50% of medium term indicators pointing toward Buy. Public Employees Retirement System of OH grew its holdings in shares of Louisiana-Pacific by 1.0% during the second quarter.

Rep. Jim Renacci defends President Trump's 's-hole' remarks
Renacci capped his defense of the president's racist remarks saying, "Look, I always say judge the president after four years". Sherrod Brown after getting a call from the Trump administration.

Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused of Manhattan Terror Attack
The suspect accused of detonating a bomb near the NY last month was indicted on six counts by a federal grand jury. Ullah was previously charged in a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors shortly after his arrest last month.