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By Sophie McIntyre
Arachnophobia could be a product of human evolution, according to new research.
Spiders presented such a great danger to humans during the early evolutionary stages that a fear of the species became part of our DNA.
In Africa, early in human evolution, those with a keen ability to spot the creatures outlived their less wary counterparts, according to The Sunday Times.
Joshua New of Columbia University in New York said: “A number of spider species with potent, vertebrate-specific venoms populated Africa long before hominoids… and have co-existed there for tens of millions of years.”
“Humans were at perennial, unpredictable and significant risk of encountering highly venomous spiders in their ancestral environments.
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