Oldest web

A spider web and prey, fossilised in amber some 110 million years ago, make this weeks science news. The find is reported in Science, although the abstract rambles on about silk expression libraries, phylogeny and something vague named biomaterials.

Which really misses the point – that this sort of find is just cool. There’s something magical about fossils in amber – it’s like a snapshot of a long-gone world, with the realisation that living things were going about their business much as now, yet unimaginably long ago. I just love it.