Firstly, the bad news; scientists in China have found the world’s largest spider. But the good news is that the specimen, discovered in Inner Mongolia, has been dead for around 165 million years. Scientists were reported saying that the fossilised spider had legs stretching 15cm”Her body is not the biggest, but if you add in her long legs then she’s the largest,” Professor Paul Selden from the University of Kansas, told BBC News. The spider is thought to belong to the Nephila genus, which is still around today. The species spins some of the largest webs ever recorded, with diameters of up to 1.5 metres. Who ever said that extinction was a bad thing?