Mecysmauchenius sp1, dorsal view

Mecysmauchenius sp1, dorsal view: This species uses power-amplified cheliceral strikes; this video was recorded at 20,000 frames per second (fps), but is playing at 20 fps, so in real life the movements would be 1,000 times as fast. At 20,000 fps the high-speed camera records at a small frame size (255 x 60 pixels), making it difficult to capture the entire specimen in the frame. A team of researchers led by Smithsonian scientist Hannah Wood has discovered that trap-jaw spiders have a surprising ability to strike their prey at lightning speed and with super-spider power, according to new findings reported in the scholarly journal Current Biology. (0:31)

Latest Videos

Preview thumbnail for video'The Dark History of Maine's Harbor Island
The Dark History of Maine's Harbor Island (1:34)
Preview thumbnail for video'The Inspiration Behind
The Inspiration Behind "One Way or Another" (3:04)
Preview thumbnail for video'How Black Union Soldiers Went from Slavery to Forever Free
How Black Union Soldiers Went from Slavery to Forever Free (3:12)
Preview thumbnail for video'Why People Believe Dudleytown, Connecticut is Cursed
Why People Believe Dudleytown, Connecticut is Cursed (1:37)
Preview thumbnail for video'Tree Frog Effortlessly Skydives Away from Hungry Snake
Tree Frog Effortlessly Skydives Away from Hungry Snake (3:31)
Preview thumbnail for video'Ohio Natives Who Went on to Make History
Ohio Natives Who Went on to Make History (2:41)
Preview thumbnail for video'How the Alaska Gold Rush Turned Out to Be Hoax
How the Alaska Gold Rush Turned Out to Be Hoax (3:33)
Preview thumbnail for video'This Veteran’s Suggestion Made Filming WWII Easier
This Veteran’s Suggestion Made Filming WWII Easier (2:11)
Preview thumbnail for video'How Close to Invisible Can We Make Soldiers?
How Close to Invisible Can We Make Soldiers? (2:03)