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Man discovers an ancient artifact in his backyard but it suddenly starts to move

By Andrew Alpin, 24 September 2017

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Making historical discoveries in a yard is one thing when the item is a non living thing but imagine the surprise of this farmer in Chengdu China who found an antique and extremely rare spider. He thought he had discovered an ancient seal because the spider was stationary but when it moved he realized what it was. Scientists are shocked at the discovery Li Wenhua made while digging up his yard. He didn’t exactly expect an ancient relic to start moving.

1One of the rarest spiders

After he had discovered the ancient rare spider, he showed it to his neighbors who did some research on the internet. They soon realized that what they had actually found was one of the rarest spiders known to man, an Hourglass spider. 

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2Hourglass spiders date back to 500 BCE

The hourglass spider dates back to 500 BCE and also features China’s oldest Dictionary “the Er Ya”. Hourglass spiders are recluse spiders that prefer living underground. Till date only six hourglass spiders have been sighted in China since their discovery in 2000. 

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3What experts had to say?

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Zhao Li, head of the Insect Museum in China confirmed the rarity by saying the spider was also very valuable. He said “The spider has very high value in scientific research. It is an extremely rare species in Sichuan, I had spent great effort trying to find it, but I didn’t see one.” 

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