Maybe it’s just me, but I see beauty in this. Scientists at the University of Manchester have created high resolution images of a 49 million year old spider encapsulated in fossilized amber resin using X-ray computed tomography, typically used in medical imaging.
If the still image doesn’t convince you, I invite you to watch this stunning video revealing 3D images of the little beast.
I wonder if this evidence would give those believing the world was created 6,000 years ago pause. Probably not.
See press release here.
Dunlop, J. A., Penney, D., Dalüge, N., Jäger, P., McNeil, A., Bradley, R., Withers, P. J., Preziosi, R. F. ‘Computed tomography recovers data from historical amber: an example from huntsman spiders,’ published in Naturwissenschaften.