Swelling Australian cities harbour ever bigger spiders

August 21, 2014 12:21 PM

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As if Australia's spiders weren't big and scary enough, it turns out denser, busier cities are allowing some of them to grow even bigger. The same thing could be happening the world over.

Most Australians will have seen the large but mostly harmless golden orb-weavers that sometimes congregate in people's gardens. Elizabeth Lowe of the University of Sydney was surprised at just how large some were growing, and began investigating what could be behind this.

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