Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor

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Ruka Press, 2012 - Nature - 256 pages
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Traveling from the Delaware Bay to the Florida Panhandle, this examination is a quest through the natural history and science behind one of nature’s oldest and oddest survivors—the horseshoe crab. With ten eyes, five pairs of walking legs, a heart half the length of their bodies, and blood that can save a person’s life, horseshoe crabs have been on this planet for 445 million years—since long before the dinosaurs arrived. This book explores their unique biology and sex life, explains their importance to medical science and migratory shorebirds, and introduces readers to the people who are working to study and protect them.

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About the author (2012)

Anthony D. Fredericks is a professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania and has written more than 125 books, including Ace Your Teacher Interview, Desert Dinosaurs, How Long Things Live, and Walking with Dinosaurs. He lives in York, Pennsylvania. Glenn Gauvry is the founder of the Ecological Research and Development Group (ERDG), which is the leading organization working for the preservation of horseshoe crabs. He lives in Little Creek, Delaware.

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