Tarantulas Spin Silk From Their Feet, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 27, 2006   View Article

Like the comic book hero Spider-Man, who shoots webs from his wrists to swing through the city, real-life tarantulas spin silk from their feet to walk on slippery surfaces, according to a new study.

“To my knowledge, no other animals are using silk for locomotion,” said Stanislav Gorb, a biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany.

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