Why Do Things Keep Evolving Into Crabs?

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For some reason, animals keep evolving into things that look like crabs, independently, over and over again. What is it about the crab’s form that makes it so evolutionarily successful that non-crabs are apparently jealous of it?
Thanks to Franz Anthony for all of the ancient crab (and "crab") illustrations featured throughout this episode! franzanth.com/ And special thanks to Dr. Jo Wolfe, Dr. Javier Luque, and Dr. Katie Collins for assisting Franz with research for those illustrations.
And thank you to Dr. Rodney Feldmann for providing a photo of the Paralomis debodeorum fossil!
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  • Dread it, run from it, in the end all animals will evolve into crabs

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  • Can you dial back the "pandering to the youth" factor a few notches please? The subject matter is interesting enough by itself.

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  • if we were like crabs we would be: -stronger -sturdier crabs are peak performance

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  • I can’t wait for the day we reject our human form and become... c r a b

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  • „Reject humanity,return to monke“ *abandon humanity,progress to crab*

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  • Wait, it's all crabs? Always has been

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  • -test-

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  • me- haha lol everything keeps evolving to crabs hahahaha (suddenly stops laughing) *wait a minute* (starts crying in 4k)

  • -Heh-

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  • Why? Dr Ho: Why ?! Because it works!! PD: Crabs are the less flexible animal on earth.

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  • Great info, nicely paced, melodious voice. Narrator can be more impersonal by cutting personal jokes away. I mean, this program start as science program that require (!arguable) narrator. Not narrator's program with science thing sprinkled in.

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  • I love the implied exasperation of the title. Like some marine biologist is just looking around at his textbooks and in a moment sudden realization exclaims "why do things keep evolving into crabs!?"

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  • Anyone else hungry now?

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  • OK, this seemed long and boring, just clicked on it, too make sure I'm not turning into a crab...

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