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Long-lasting daddy longlegs

Rare fossils of harvestmen unearthed in China

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3:51pm, June 23, 2009

Scientists have unearthed the fossils of two new species of harvestmen, a delicate type of creature better known to many folks as daddy longlegs.

Though there are more than 6,400 known modern-day species of harvestmen  — which aren’t spiders but are closely related — only 26 species have been identified in the fossil record, notes Paul Selden of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Typically, these exceptionally fragile arachnids aren’t preserved as fossils. Mor

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