Threatened species

The horse shoe crab has survived on earth for 440 million years. One of the oldest species existing today, it is now threatened by both by climate change and hunting. The most crucial factors affecting their survival are tidal surges, sea level rise and the increase in water temperature. Although the horseshoe crab is considered a living fossil, its blood provides modern medicine with a substance used for drug testing.

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The horse shoe crab has survived on earth for 440 million years. One of the oldest species existing today, it is now threatened by both by climate change and hunting. The most crucial factors affecting their survival are tidal surges, sea level rise and the increase in water temperature. Although the horseshoe crab is considered a living fossil, its blood provides modern medicine with a substance used for drug testing.
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