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Spiders Alive!

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Spiders Alive!, a new exhibition on view at the American Museum of Natural History from July 28, 2012, through January 6, 2013, features approximately 20 species of live spiders and highlights this intriguing animal group's anatomy, behavior, and unique characteristics. The Museum, which has the world's largest research collection of spiders, has been at the forefront of studying spider diversity for over 75 years. For centuries, spiders have inspired mythmakers from Ovid to E. B. White to the creators of the eponymous superhero, but their actual role in diverse ecosystems around the globe is just as captivating.