Eli5: Why is a phobia of spiders so common?

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Why are so many humans (myself included) afraid of spiders? Arachnophobia consistently lands in the top 10 most-common phobias. Why? Especially when there aren’t *that* many deadly species of them? Why spiders over other animals?

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Short answer: because spiders are so common.

Extended answer: if there were as many clowns as there were spiders the number of people with that phobia would surely skyrocket.

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