There is a good explination why this may/may not occur.ok ... after all the "lets define the word mutant" talk.... I have a hopefully simple (yeah right) question....
Is it even POSSIBLE to have identical twins with spiders? That is... two spiders in the same egg. I THINK it's possible with reptiles but am not sure about anything lower then that.
Have any of you breeders who routinely watch "eggs with legs" see a larger egg or an egg with many more legs then their should be?
with 1000s of slings ... this should happen fairly often. (though we may not observe it and I mean a full seperation into two spiders)
I think that's actually pretty offensive to the Russian colleague who posted that article. Chernobyl had more effect on Scotland than it had on many parts of Russia (much of the particulate fallout dropped down about there), but I don't know you'd be making those statements about Chernobyl.the spider was probably from chernobyl
The effects of Chernobyl - which I guess you are eluding to - are not particularly clear. The WHO and IAEA reports on the area actually don't show a great deal. There appers to NOT be a great increase in the rates of birth defects, HOWEVER (because I know no-one is going to read on) the TYPES of defects HAVE changed.O.K. maybe I should have looked at the link first. It appeares to be be more than one sp. of T. The fact that it's not just one sp., maybe we are seeing more evidence of what happens after a nuclear reactor accident. If people are showing signs of mutations years later, why not wildlife?