Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider

Got milk? Of course you do; few things are as uniquely mammalian as our milky infancies. Sure, we’ve all got backbones (but so do lizards), warm blood (but so do birds), and hair (but so do plants) – but it’s the mammary glands from which mothers nurse their young that really set us mammals apart from the rest of the Tree of Life. That’s why it was a little shocking when researchers announced today that another species was found to provide milk to its young. The newest member of the milk-

Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider

Lactation is the production and secretion of milk for the young and is a mammalian attribute. However, there have been several examples of milk provisioning in non-mammals. In a study published ...

Fri 30 Nov 18 from Phys.org

A jumping spider mom nurses her brood for weeks on milk

Even after spiderlings start hunting for themselves, they come to mom for milk.

Thu 29 Nov 18 from ScienceNews

Found: a lactating spider

Jumping spiders suckle their young for longer than mice. Tanya Loos reports.

Thu 29 Nov 18 from Cosmos Magazine

Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young

Without access to their mothers' milk, Toxeus magnus offspring die within the first 10 days of life.

Thu 29 Nov 18 from The Scientist

A species of spider that suckles its young

They are looked after so well that they do not want to leave home

Thu 29 Nov 18 from The Economist

Spider milk is a thing, and it’s 4 times more nutritious than cow’s milk

The spiders also nurse their young for a long time -- another unique feature among spiders.

Fri 30 Nov 18 from ZME Science

Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk. Spider milk?

Wonder how the FDA is going to classify this one.

Fri 30 Nov 18 from Ars Technica

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