I love spiders. They are beautiful majestic creatures. I don’t know what is the deal with those people scared to death of this magnificent creature. Of course a large swatch of these creatures have gone extinct due to the destruction of their natural habitat and an whole hose of other reasons as well. Scientists have described about 43,000 species of spiders, and Norman Platnick, the American Museum of Natural History’s “spiderman,” estimates that just as many remain to be discovered.
“Because these are only estimates, people disagree,” Platnick, the museum’s curator emeritus of invertebrate zoology, said of estimates of the unknown species. “I have argued that we are basically halfway through [identifying the world’s spiders]. Some of my colleagues think I am being way to optimistic and we are closer to only 20 percent through.”
- Beware, Arachnophobes: Half of Spiders Are Undiscovered (livescience.com)
- Spiders just waiting to take over the world. (ask.metafilter.com)
- Creepy, Crawly & Incredible: Photos of Spiders (livescience.com)
- Spider Exhibit Crawls Through Upper West Side (manhattan.ny1.com)
- The Arachnophobe Saga – Part II (theamateurastrophysicist.wordpress.com)