- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ruka Press (May 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983011184
- ISBN-13: 978-0983011187
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor Paperback – May 22, 2012
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“An entertaining guide to a creature that is 445 million years old and still having sex on the beach.” —Richard Conniff, author, Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World
“Anthony Fredericks takes readers on a quest to understand an important animal easy to overlook. His biography of a survivor is a reminder that a skillful storyteller can find a good tale anywhere, and it is a warning that we ignore the perils humankind creates for other animals at our own selfish risk.” —Peter Laufer, author, The Dangerous World of Butterflies
“A fascinating tour of horseshoe crabs and the people who study them. Through interviews and vivid descriptions of his experiences, Fredericks shares his journey to understand the complexities of horseshoe crab biology and the history of their exploitation.” —H. Jane Brockmann, professor of biology, University of Florida
“Every ten years or so the amazing story of how horseshoe crab blood saves millions of human lives changes, and has to be told all over again. This book takes readers on a whirlwind ride up and down the East Coast visiting the many people who are now working to protect this species that is so crucial to human health and the ecology of the East Coast of America.” —William Sargent, author, Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism and Human Health
“One of those rare natural history books that makes clear the deep interdependence and relationship of humans to the natural world in ways they would little dream of without reading the book.” —Anne Rudloe, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory
“Fredericks’ enthusiasm and admiration for the horseshoe crab is infectious; this entertaining, well-researched book is certain to garner more admirers for this ancient, underappreciated arthropod.” —Katie Fallon, author, Cerulean Blues
About the Author
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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I had wanted to learn about these amazing animals, so I ordered a copy of the book. I never expected it to be so thoughtful, interesting, and funny - but it was! I did learn so much more about the horseshoe crab, but I also had a lot of fun reading the book. Besides this, I was challenged to think more about connections between these animals and humans and the world. Loved the experience.