Dr. Gordon Wilson on the Original Web Designer

Posted on March 30, 2016

The Ultimate Web Designer

Design in Nature

by Dr. Gordon Wilson
[Full article can be found at Answers in Genesis.]

Next time you’re tempted to brush away a spider web, stop to consider the engineering required . . . and the Engineer behind the engineer.

Spiders, like venomous snakes, don’t rank high on most people’s lists of animal favorites. They look creepy, have fangs, and some can stick you with life-threatening consequences. To top it off, they spin icky webs in our lovely homes and drape them across hiking trails at eye level. Eew!

But before you stomp on another spider in repugnance, consider their unique abilities. Like every other creature on earth, spiders showcase the ingenious creativity of their Maker. If you really knew what they can do, your attitude may change from abhorrence to amazement.

Take one common example, the orb weaver spiders (family Araneidae). It’s not the largest spider family (jumping spiders and sheet weavers have more species), but it’s one of the most identifiable. They weave those familiar circular webs that we run across (or into) in forests and gardens.

The true marvel is in the details. You may never desire to cohabit with these creatures, but by the end of this article, you might find yourself filled with admiration for their abilities (provided they keep their distance).... Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.


Dr. Wilson is NSA's Senior Fellow of Natural History and author of the recent book, The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology.

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