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The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest surviving species on Earth. Scientists have discovered from fossils that the ancestors of the modern horseshoe crab were living on Earth during the Devonian Period of the Paleozoic Era, 400 million years ago, long before dinosaurs roamed the planet. At that time, life on Earth was confined to fish in the seas and amphibians. At the time of the ancestors of the horseshoe crab, it was millions of years before what was to become the island of Taiwan gradually rose above the surface of the waters. The horseshoe crab's evolution gradually came to a halt and it has preserved the same appearance to the present day, despite the huge geological transformations, glacial periods and waves of extinctions that have transformed the Earth. How did the horseshoe crab manage to maintain its ancient body structure all this time? Can their original systems really handle all of nature's challenges? Even today, we are unsure of the details, but the horseshoe crab is without doubt one of nature's most successful survivors.

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