This Tiny Spider’s Mysterious Superpower Has Scientists Stumped

These little monsters are as small as a pencil tip but chomp down faster than any spider in the world. Trap-jaw spiders, scientifically known as mecysmaucheniidae spiders, are native to the forests of New Zealand and southern South America. The trap-jaw spider hunts its prey by approaching it with jaws agape; at the opportune moment, the spider snaps its jaws closed with lightning speed and devastating power. Now how did this spider develop such a superpower? Through convergent evolution. Convergent evolution is the process where an organism evolves traits that either mimic or share characteristics with a non-related organism as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches. In this case, the non-related organism is the trap jaw ant.

This video is in super-slow motion—at regular speed, the jaws close approximately 150 times as quickly! Now how did Spider Man miss out on this superpower?

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