Multiple origins of the orb-web in spiders

April 26, 2018
A garden orb-weaver spider near Rio Negro, Brazil. Researchers have drawn a new tree of spider evolution to determine whether orb web-weaving came from a common ancestor or if it evolved more than once. Credit Gustavo Hormiga
The New York Times featured research by MCZ Faculty-Curator Gonzalo Giribet, MCZ Associate Gustavo Hormiga and collaborators. Phylogenomics, Diversification Dynamics and Comparative Transcriptomics across the Spider Tree of Life was published in Current Biology and addresses the origins of the orb-web in spiders.