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Good god, this bloody mutant monster can't be a real spider

Illustration for article titled Good god, this bloody mutant monster cant be a real spider

I don't even know what I'm looking at here. I think I see some eyes and a beak attached some oversized head attached to the body of a spider. It's a pelican spider.

"They look like little birds," says Hannah Wood of the University of California, Davis. The spider's body is about the size of a grain of rice, with a front segment that has evolved into a stretched "neck" with a little round "head" on top. (The mouth is actually at the bottom of the "neck"). And a pair of jawlike fanged projections called chelicerae folds down against the neck, where a pelican would tuck its beak.

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Fuck you, nature. Fuck. You.

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Thankfully, these things are tiny—albeit lethal to their prey.

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chuckster1124

For some reason, my first thought was of this guy....