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Fossil spider named after Adair Woman

By Matthew Downen

Some of my research was recently published in the online scientific journal Palaeontologia Electronica on fossil spiders from an ancient lake deposit in Montana known as the Kishenehn Formation.

I named a new species of spider and called it Greenwaltarachne pamelae after my mother, Adair County resident Pam Shearer! This fossil is housed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Having a new species named after you is a pretty good Christmas present, yeah?

Below is the link to the journal paper:

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Fossil spider named after Adair Woman

2020-12-10 - Kishenehn Formation, Montana, USA - Photo by Matthew Downen.
The fossil spider Greenwaltarachne pamelae by Matthew Downen. Matthew named the fossil after his mother, Adair County resident Pam Shearer.

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