In which The Five-Year-Old tries to come to terms with Daddyo’s Very Great Age

165 million year old fossil of the Nephila jurassica, an orb weaver spider that lived during the Jurassic. (Photo from Selden et al., 2011.)
165 million year old fossil of the Nephila jurassica, an orb weaver spider that lived during the Jurassic. (Photo from Selden et al., 2011.)

It’s been quiet around here lately, but that’s only because I’ve been sidetracked by work on my book. Things will get back to normal next week once this lovely burst of creative energy subsides. In the meantime, The Five-Year-Old has a question.

The Five-Year-Old, politely: “Daddyo, can we have a conversation?”

Daddyo: “Of course.”

The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “Were you alive before spiders became abundant?”

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