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Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest
LiveScience ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tanya Lewis

Posted on 10/18/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT by EveningStar

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

"When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider...


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(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: goliathbirdeater; guyana; rainforest; southamerica; spider; tarantula; theraphosablondi; worldslargestspider
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1 posted on 10/18/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


2 posted on 10/18/2014 10:39:15 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

3 posted on 10/18/2014 10:42:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: EveningStar

4 posted on 10/18/2014 10:43:36 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

You and me both, Kitty!


5 posted on 10/18/2014 10:43:41 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: EveningStar

Gads. If I were Piotr I’d be on the lookout for a 40 foot tall primate.


6 posted on 10/18/2014 10:43:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: EveningStar

They make darling pets...NOT! :-)


7 posted on 10/18/2014 10:44:47 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: EveningStar
Little Miss Muffet has come up missing.....think I know why now.

Her tuffet turned up at a local flea market.

8 posted on 10/18/2014 10:45:22 AM PDT by capt. norm
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To: UCANSEE2

"Oh, crap."

9 posted on 10/18/2014 10:46:13 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: EveningStar

“(click image to enlarge)”

Why would I want that SOB to get bigger?


10 posted on 10/18/2014 10:46:28 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: EveningStar

11 posted on 10/18/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Or.... “Hey Charlie, want a sip of my hooch ?”


12 posted on 10/18/2014 10:49:46 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That was my expression when I clicked and enlarged the image!


13 posted on 10/18/2014 10:52:02 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: EveningStar

I think I have seen them use these things in movies or pretend to. Don’t these spiders even catch birds?


14 posted on 10/18/2014 10:52:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Yeah, I need a click-to-erase-from-memory-before-I-go-to-sleep button.


15 posted on 10/18/2014 10:53:20 AM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
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To: EveningStar

I lived down there.

The so called “matootoo” was the smaller one, the “mygal” was the larger bird killer.

You also had tiny little cute blue snakes no longer than your pinky but deadly poisonous.


16 posted on 10/18/2014 10:55:02 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: EveningStar

That guy is gonna need bigger shoes.


17 posted on 10/18/2014 10:55:28 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: EveningStar

Shelob?


18 posted on 10/18/2014 10:58:41 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: EveningStar

My God..!


19 posted on 10/18/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Certified Islamophobe..)
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To: EveningStar

Late post, but I KNOW the video of the suited up dog will be below! I know it, I know it! Good.


20 posted on 10/18/2014 11:09:42 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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