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  1. Mar 1, 2024 · March 1, 2024. Guilherme Gainett, then a biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was looking through a microscope at the embryo of a daddy longlegs when he saw it — or, rather, saw ...

  2. Mar 19, 2024 · The hidden pairs of eyes weren’t a total surprise to the researchers. In 2014, a 305-million-year-old fossilized daddy longlegs found in eastern France had four total eyes —two more than today ...

  3. Mar 14, 2024 · Despite its two-eyed appearance, Phalangium opilio has six peepers. The four extra eyes — leftovers of evolution — shed light on the evolutionary history of daddy longlegs. ljphoto7/iStock ...

  4. Aug 4, 2021 · (a) Phalangium opilio draft genome assembly. The draft assembly of the P. opilio genome comprises 580.4 Mbp (37.5% GC content) in 5137 scaffolds (N50: 211 089) and 8349 contigs (N50: 127 429; electronic supplementary material, figure S1 and table S5). The predicted genome repetitiveness is 54.4% and estimated heterozygosity is 1.24%.

    • Guilherme Gainett, Vanessa L. González, Jesús A. Ballesteros, Emily V. W. Setton, Caitlin M. Baker, ...
    • 2021
  5. Phalangium opilio. (Arachnida: Opiliones, Phalangiidae) Harvestman, Daddy longlegs, Harvest spider. Of the many species of harvestmen known, P. opilio tends to be the most common in relatively disturbed habitats such as most crops in temperate regions. Like the spiders and most adult mites, harvestmen have two major body sections and eight legs ...

  6. P. opilio is a generalist predator and scavenger that feeds on soft-bodied animals found in crops, such as aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, beetle larvae, and mites. Sometimes it may also scavenge on hard-bodied animals, such as various arthropods, including other harvestmen. [6]

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  8. Sep 25, 2015 · André Strauss via PLOS One. Scientists announced this week that a human skull found in a Brazilian cave might be the oldest evidence for ritual decapitation found in the western hemisphere. Back ...