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27 February 2019 An orb-weaver spider (Araneae, Araneidae) from the early Eocene of India
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A new fossil spider is described from the early Eocene (Ypresian) Palana Formation (54 to 57 Ma) at the Gurha opencast lignite mine, near Bikaner, western Rajasthan, India. It is the first report of a nonamber fossil spider from India. The fossil is referred to the modern genus NephilaLeach, 1815, but with hesitation because, while its habitus is similar to that genus, it lacks the behavioral synapomorphies that distinguish the genus.

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Raman Patel, Rajendra Singh Rana, and Paul A. Selden "An orb-weaver spider (Araneae, Araneidae) from the early Eocene of India," Journal of Paleontology 93(1), 98-104, (27 February 2019). https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2018.71
Accepted: 7 August 2018; Published: 27 February 2019
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