Prof. Giribet'sdiscovery of two 99 million year-old daddy longlegs, enshrined in Burmese amber, not only helps explain the penis morphology of the harvestman, it also confirms a new extinct family of harvestmen. Full Story hereand
Rosa Fernandez and Gonzalo Giribet's paper: "Unnoticed in the tropics: phylogenomic resolution of the poorly-known arachnid order Ricinulei (Arachnida)" was accepted to the Royal Society Open Science .
From May 4th to May 9th Postdoctoral researcher Dennis K. Persson and PhD student Julia G. Cosgrove, of the Giribet Lab, conducted field work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The aim were to collect tardigrades (Tardigrada) and pseudoscorpions (Arthropoda: Arachnida). Tardigrades would be extracted from mosses and lichens under microscope, whereas pseudoscorpions would be found by sifting of leaf litter. A number of tardigrade species, such as Macrobiotus Islandicus, Echiniscus virginicus, Paramacrobiotus tonollii and Milnesium,