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  • Students and a scientist at the University of Vermont have discovered 15 new species of 'smiley-faced' spiders--and named them after, among others, US Senator Bernie Sanders.
    Glynnis Fawkes
    Students and a scientist at the University of Vermont have discovered 15 new species of 'smiley-faced' spiders--and named them after, among others, US Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • This is a female Bernie Sanders spider -- Spintharus berniesandersi -- in a lateral view. Composite photo created by undergraduate students in Ingi Agnarsson's laboratory at the University of Vermont.
    Agnarsson lab
    This is a female Bernie Sanders spider -- Spintharus berniesandersi -- in a lateral view. Composite photo created by undergraduate students in Ingi Agnarsson's laboratory at the University of Vermont.
  • University of Vermont graduate Lily Sargeant (center) was part of team of four undergraduate students, including Ben Chomitz (top), that painstakingly studied and photographed spiders in the lab of professor Ingi Agnarsson (right), a spider expert. They discovered 15 new species and named them after
    Joshua Brown
    University of Vermont graduate Lily Sargeant (center) was part of team of four undergraduate students, including Ben Chomitz (top), that painstakingly studied and photographed spiders in the lab of professor Ingi Agnarsson (right), a spider expert. They discovered 15 new species and named them after "people who stood up for both human rights and warned about climate change," Agnarsson says--including Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle & Barack Obama, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Their results were published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.




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