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Dispel your fears, get personal with spiders in New York exhibition

Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:44 AM
 

NEW YORK (AFP) - Terrified of spiders? Then get down and personal with the venomous beasts at one of New York's top museums as it debunks the Hollywood myth that they're dangerous.

Arachnophobia, the excessive fear of spiders, is one of the most common animal phobias - felt by millions of people worldwide.

And yet scientists say eight-legged creatures, tarantulas and scorpions included, pose no threat to humans, keep insects at bay and may even help cure disease.

Twenty species star in the exhibition "Spiders Alive!" at the American Museum of Natural History, which houses the world's largest research collection of spiders.

 
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