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New ‘Living Fossil’ Program at Refuge Highlights Role of Species

February 23, 2018

Florida: The J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge is offering a new program on horseshoe crabs. One of the educational tools for the program that the refuge staff is excited to utilize is the model, developed by the Ecological Research & Development Group in Delaware. The world’s first museum-grade model of a female horseshoe crab, it shows the species’ exterior surfaces complete in detail. The top of the model separates from the bottom of it to reveal the internal organs – colored for easier identification – egg distribution and circulatory system, providing a view never before available. “It greatly enhances the program,” Wettstein said. “It has added so much to it.” The refuge was able to acquire the tool through a donation by a donor. download the pdf.