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New spider species is ‘fearsomeness incarnate’

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There’s a new spider species in the world, but its roots may date back centuries.

“Meet Trogloraptor, fearsomeness incarnate,” Scientific American reported Friday, following the discovery of Trogloraptor marchingtoni, part of the new Trogloraptoridae family by a group of scientists at the Western Cave Conservancy and San Diego State University.

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After finding the arachnid in a group of caves in Oregon, the team sent specimens to the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), where researchers determined that its unique features merited the creation of the new genus, species and family names.

Trogloraptor is Latin for “cave robber,” a nod to both its habitat and unusually curved talons, which might be used for hunting. According to The Telegraph, research suggests it catches food by hanging from silk strands from a cave roof and trapping prey with its claws and long legs.

However, CAS arachnology curator Charles Griswold said said the species is unlikely to be venomous; its primary behavior so far seems to be escaping light as quickly as possible.

The team’s findings were published in the journal ZooKeys, where it’s speculated that the Cave Robber might be related to a much older species, the Oonopidae, commonly known as goblin spiders, itself part of the Dysderoidea “superfamily.”

“If Trogloraptoridae are the most primitive living members of the Dysderoidea we have another case of a notable relict from Western North America,” the report says. “If such a large and bizarre spider could have gone undetected for so long, who knows what else may lurk undiscovered in this remarkable part of the world.”

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[image courtesy of the Associated Press via Twitter]


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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

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Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November

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According to a report in AZCentral, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could encounter an unexpected roadblock if he tries to hold a confirmation vote after the election.

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WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.

“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.

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