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Fossilised spiders with 'tails' found in Myanmar rainforest

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Researchers say the arachnid found in 100 million-year-old amber had a long tail and produced silk from hairs on its abdomen.

Scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of a previously unknown species of arachnid boasting a scorpion-like tail even longer than its body.

The ancient arachnids - found in 100 million-year-old amber in a northern Myanmar rainforest - have tail-like appendages on their abdomens called spinnerets, which would have been used to make webs.

At 3mm, the tail extends beyond the newly christened Chimerarachne yingi's 2.5mm body and the international scientists behind its discovery say it links today's spiders with those that lived before dinosaurs.

In an article written for the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal, the researchers say it resembles a 300 million-year-old arachnid known as Attercopus, which also had a long tail and produced silk from hairs on its abdomen.

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