spider-wasp-encased-in-amberEven 110 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, spiders still looked like terrifying nightmare demons. How do we know? Paleontologists have discovered a hauntingly beautiful scene of nature dramatically preserved in amber.

The fossil, dated back to the Early Cretaceous period in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar, shows what scientists believe to be an orb-weaver-like spider about to feast on a wasp. It seriously looks like a work of art. Before the spider was able to fulfill the circle of life, resin must have washed over the unfolding scene and preserved the moment in time. And now it’s on the Internet forever.

“This was a male wasp that suddenly found itself trapped in a spider web,” said George Poinar, Jr., a zoology professor at Oregon State University. This was the wasp’s worst nightmare, and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked.”

Horrifying, but amazing at the same time.

The amber, which was excavated in a Burmese mine, is apparently the first fossilized evidence of a spider attack. The wasp is said to belong to a group that preys on spider eggs, so the guy definitely had it coming. Who would have known that he’d be in perpetual anguish for millions and millions of years? Truly fascinating.

[via Gizmodo, Discovery]