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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 from the Museum für Naturkunde:

Dr. Jason Dunlop:

The World Spider Catalogue:

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

Penis Morphology in a Burmese amber harvestman (link to paper):

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Producer, Writer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

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Interview with:
Dr. Jason Dunlop, Curator of Arachnids & Myriapods at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
This episode is filmed on location at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany, and the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
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