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Did you know evolution ideally wants everything to be a crab? There's an actual term for it: carcinization. According to IFLScience, the term was introduced into evolutionary biology by L. A. Borradaile, who described it as "one of the many attempts of Nature to evolve a crab." Or as Urban Dictionary has simplified it, "The tendency for evolution to evolve things that are not crabs into crabs."

And this is true. So much so that scientists have to identify crab- like creatures as true crabs and false crabs. Currently, this phenomena exists only in other crustacean animals in the water. Even if the locations are different, with similar enough conditions (temperature, time, gravity, etc) evolution will pick a random crustacean and pressurize it into a crab-like structure, the most efficient creature known to man. 

Did you know one of the most popular false crabs is an Alaskan King Crab? It's not a true crab! It is speculated that the Alaskan King Crab was evolved from a hermit crab, also not a true crab! And a Horseshoe Crab is more closely related to a spider or scorpion than a true crab! That’s wild!

Crabs are some cool cats (figuratively speaking). They can move in any direction even though they mainly walk sideways, they are super fast in water and on land, they are super strong with powerful front pincers, and they have a protective shell. The more that I think about it, being a crab seems like a really great deal to me!

I don't know what the next false crab will be nor do I think evolution will ever get around to experimenting with humans anytime soon, but if it ever happened...well...let's have a crab party and celebrate being crab people!

In preparation for our impending crabdom, here are some books about life as a crab.


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crabby crab book cover


christmas island red crab migration book cover


you're a crab book cover


when crabs cross the sand book cover


the clever crab book cover


Aquagenesis book cover



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