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World's heaviest spider title challenged | Natural History Museum

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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2011

Boxing gloves were nowhere in sight for a world spider heavy-weight title challenge at the Museum in 2011.

The contenders were the Hercules baboon spider, and the current Guinness World Records (GWR) holder for world's heaviest spider, the Goliath bird-eater.

Museum bug expert George Beccaloni was contacted by GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday after reports of a possible rival. Craig asked George if he could check the size of the Hercules baboon spider as the Natural History Museum has the world's only known specimen and George is the author of the Museum book, Big Bugs Life-Size.

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