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Old March 8th, 2018 #1
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Default How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again... and again

How brightly colored spiders evolved on Hawaii again and again... and again


About 2 to 3 million years ago, a group of spiders let out long silk threads into the wind and set sail, so to speak, across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. These spiders were parasites of other spiders, invading their webs, snipping threads to steal insects that had been caught. But there weren't many webs to rob on Hawaii when they arrived. So they expanded their repertoire, looking for other ways to survive by trapping and eating other spiders. A new species evolved from those first spiders, after finding a way to live on rocks. And then another species evolved to live under leaves. And then another. And then 11 more species.

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-hawaii...sland.html#jCp
 
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