(The following excerpt from What’s Spawning Gigantic Spiders? recently appeared on aol.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
Terrifying City-Dwelling Spiders Are Bigger And More Fertile
If you live in a big city and somehow weren’t a little creeped out by spiders before, you definitely will be now.
According to a new study out of Australia, spiders get bigger and multiply faster when they live in the city. Cue the giant spider nightmares.
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that golden orb weaver spiders like this one living near heavily urbanized areas in Sydney tend to be larger, better fed and have more offspring than their country-dwelling counterparts.
To come to this terrifying conclusion, the study’s authors collected 222 female golden orb weavers from different places around Sydney and measured each area’s urbanization based on qualities like leaf-litter cover, grass coverage and amount…
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