Tagging Study Tracks Horseshoe Crab Movement
August 24, 2011
Stamford Advocate: Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, hard-shelled, spear-tailed sea creatures crept along the ocean floors. Four hundred million years later, their form and lifestyle is virtually unchanged.
Today, a Fairfield researcher has studied these primordial beings for more than a decade—and whether the tides of time are turning against them.
Horseshoe crabs, a common sight in the months of May and June along Connecticut’s shoreline, have been the focus of this comprehensive study by Jennifer Mattei, an associate professor of biology at Sacred Heart University.
Called Project Limulus (the Latin term for the crabs), the study tags and tracks the creatures with the goal of learning more about them and their prehistoric legacy.
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