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Dr. Paul Hillyard

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | US fossil spins web of intrigue, 7 Aug 2003 [cached]
Paul Hillyard, Curator of Spiders at the National History Museum, London, says the structures resemble those found in a group of modern spiders known as cribellates.
The tree-dwellers have microtubercles containing a single hair on the back of their legs which they use to comb out fine threads of silk to make webs.But he is not convinced that the same thing happened in trigonotarbids.
"If these microtubercles were found only on the legs, I would be more convinced", he told BBC News Online, "but they are found on the body as well."
Paul Hillard, spider ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Paul Hillard, spider specialist at the Natural History Museum in London, said researchers first discovered the effects of psychotropic drugs on spiders during experiments at the end of 1960s.The researchers fed caffeine to spiders in hope of making them spin webs in the late evening rather than the early dawn.The result was eccentric webs rather than earlier spinning, he said."
New Holland Publishers: The Private Life of Spiders, 25 Nov 2011 [cached]
by Paul Hillyard
Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, author Paul Hillyard lifts the lid on the complex world of spiders, from their hunting strategies and amazing web- spinning skills to their extraordinary courtship displays and devoted care for their young.
Written in an engaging, educational and thought-provoking style, The book also explains why people are scared of spiders, why such fear is generally misplaced, and why we should be doing more to look after endangered spider species
Paul Hillyard is a former curator at London's Natural History Museum.
"Hillyard is a true spider devotee, and he cheerfully informs us that there is no escape from his subject. . . . The Private Life of Spiders is a stroll through their largely hidden world, highlighting the most spectacular, unusual, and instructive of the eight-legged brethren. After a brief overview of spider evolution and biology, Hillyard launches into the meat of his subject-a sweeping overview of spider diversity, commencing with those species whose habits and bodies are the most primitive, and culminating with those paragons of arachnid evolution, the elegant orb-weavers"
Biology News: Female spiders exploit double-barrelled sperm storage, 24 May 2005 [cached]
"This functions as a plug, a kind of chastity belt," explains Paul Hillyard, curator of arachnids at the Natural History Museum in London.
Book Review - The Book of the Spider, 17 Mar 1999 [cached]
by Paul Hillyard.
Paul Hillyard's "The Book of the Spider" is one such volume.I can honestly say that once I started reading it I had great difficulty putting it down again - it really was compulsive reading.Written in a way that is easy to digest, and covering such a vast array of spider-related topics that you will never become bored.The book is also liberally illustrated with fine colour photographs, the majority of which have been taken by the author himself.
As mentioned, the book covers wide range of areas, from Arachnophobia, Folklore, Myths and Literature (a chapter I found particularly interesting), Venomous Spiders, Eating and Fighting Spiders, Classification, Conservation and several more besides.
Instead of buying a spider at the next show, I would definitely recommend that you get yourself a copy of this splendid book by Paul Hillyard who, since 1974, has been in charge of the Arachnology section at the British Museum of Natural History in London.
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