Saturday, September 07, 2013
Can you solve this real-life biological mystery?
Turns out there really are some real-life mysteries left. Scientists are at a loss to identify a weird, webbed structure found in the Peruvian Amazon: a sort of fence-like ring surrounding a miniature tower. Wired reports that they were first spotted by Georgia Tech grad student Troy Alexander of the Tambopata Research Center in Peru, who posted images of them on Reddit, hoping the Internet could crowd-source its way to an answer. Neither Reddit nor experts, in arachnology, entomology or biology could come up with a solution, though suggestions ranged from the incomplete work of a moth to some sort of spider's birthing chamber. Long story short: No one has a clue. [