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American Museum of Natural History opens Spiders Alive exhibition

American Museum of Natural History presents Spiders Alivea new exhibition on view at the American Museum of Natural History from July 28, 2012, through December 2, 2012.

Among the most versatile animals on the planet, spiders inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. They can be easy to miss, in part because many are secretive or too tiny to catch human eyes, but spiders are important predators. Without them, insect populations would explode. By one estimate, the spiders on one acre of woodland alone consume more than 80 pounds of insects a year. Scientists have identified more than 43,000 species to date and think there are at least as many out there to be discovered.

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