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Published: March 21, 2018

This Fossil Arachnid Penis was a HUGE Discovery

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop

One of the most important characteristics that scientists who study insects, arachnids & other spider relatives look at to determine new species is the genitalia (so, penises). Dr. Jason Dunlop, who researches fossil spiders in amber, shared this big discovery with us on our visit to Berlin.

More Brain Scoop from the Museum für Naturkunde.

Dr. Jason Dunlop

The World Spider Catalogue

National Geographic, 'Fossil Daddy Longlegs Sports a 99-Million-Year Erection'

Scientific paper, "Penis Morphology in a Burmese amber harvestman"

Learn more about the Museum für Naturkunde

Special thanks to Juliane Röhner and Manja Voß for their generous help and guidance through this process.