hmm...I thought the first spiders had downward fangs,and that they actually looked very much like some of the trapdoor spiders we have today, interesting:?My understanding (confirmed by some internet searching) indicates that the first spider fossil is dated at about 400 MYA (million years ago).
Megalomorphic spiders (tarantulas and other downward fanged spiders) have fossils which date back about 230 MYA.
That's just-pre-triassic, or about the time the dinosaurs were wandering about eating all the people and leaving no fossil human bones behind.
Of course, some more hard-core Christian would probably tell you "about 6000 years". (I see someone bet me to it, but I stand by my '6000' year comment... I think it's just over 6000 years as the biblical estimate)
Well, you just self-invalidated your opinion in such a debate anyway, so I'm glad it doesn't start. There's threads for this in the Watering Hole.
hmmm so certian of something that can not be proven arent we.
<Sigh>the carbon data shows that the fossils date back to blah blah blah millions of years ago for different forms of spiders