Goliath encounter: Puppy-sized spider surprises scientist in rainforest

October 19, 2014 3:40 PM

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Goliath encounter: Puppy-sized spider surprises scientist in rainforest

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

"When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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