Why Do Things Keep Evolving Into Crabs?

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For some reason, animals keep evolving into things that look like crabs, independently, over and over again. What is it about the crab’s form that makes it so evolutionarily successful that non-crabs are apparently jealous of it?
Thanks to Franz Anthony for all of the ancient crab (and "crab") illustrations featured throughout this episode! franzanth.com/ And special thanks to Dr. Jo Wolfe, Dr. Javier Luque, and Dr. Katie Collins for assisting Franz with research for those illustrations.
And thank you to Dr. Rodney Feldmann for providing a photo of the Paralomis debodeorum fossil!
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Jef Wouter
Jef Wouter 2 ժամ առաջ
Reject humanity... embrace crab
Emotionally Challenged Eric Ciaramello Subordinate
Emotionally Challenged Eric Ciaramello Subordinate 2 ժամ առաջ
i mean you just boil up a big pot of water then toss in the crab/lobster/whatever for a nice bath. add salt and butter to taste.. what's so scary bout that?
James Valdez
James Valdez 3 ժամ առաջ
You came here from baumi?
P Grabber
P Grabber 3 ժամ առաջ
Because nature is preparing to make creatures to cleanse human trash from its self.
Grebbi
Grebbi 4 ժամ առաջ
Step 1: become crab
李胤彥Kody Lee
李胤彥Kody Lee 6 ժամ առաջ
Mr krab rules
Savannah Rose
Savannah Rose 7 ժամ առաջ
Odium
ASE Heavy Industries
ASE Heavy Industries 7 ժամ առաջ
when tf can i turn into a c r a b b e
not me
not me 7 ժամ առաջ
millions of years and you end up being a crab? raw deal, man
Oshun Orisha
Oshun Orisha 8 ժամ առաջ
CANCER BABIES WHERE YOU AT?! 69696969
RedRob1n _
RedRob1n _ 8 ժամ առաջ
Coconut crab kinda sus
Yasser Al Hawary
Yasser Al Hawary 8 ժամ առաջ
Crab talk 🤣
Sebastian Baynes
Sebastian Baynes 8 ժամ առաջ
Ha! Nature tends towards crabs and yet I am not a crab. I have beaten nature
Zenko Zenko
Zenko Zenko 9 ժամ առաջ
dehumanize your self and face to crab
Respiratory Failure
Respiratory Failure 10 ժամ առաջ
Crabs eat their young. Cannibalism is the missing key for us to reach transcendence.
Televisionary
Televisionary 11 ժամ առաջ
*crab dance*
Adam Scottorn
Adam Scottorn 12 ժամ առաջ
Crab people are already a thing has no one seen South Park
superpowerfulmagnets
superpowerfulmagnets 13 ժամ առաջ
Crab People wasn't a joke. They're the next step in our evolution!
viciousKev
viciousKev 13 ժամ առաջ
True Crab God: Thou shalt place no false forms before me.
Emiliano Hernandez
Emiliano Hernandez 14 ժամ առաջ
Why would any organism evolve into something so delicious?
DeltaDooby D
DeltaDooby D 14 ժամ առաջ
Pseudocrabs
Easternflower
Easternflower 15 ժամ առաջ
Humans: am I the only one who’s horrified by coconut crabs? Coconut crab: They ask you how you are and you say that you’re fine but you’re not fine and you just can’t-
OXO LOTL
OXO LOTL 15 ժամ առաջ
Bow down to your new crab gods
Qualveint
Qualveint 17 ժամ առաջ
Palaeopalaemon, i bet the founder is a digimon lover
Kanye Kubrick
Kanye Kubrick 18 ժամ առաջ
Leto II would like to know this answer
Gooey
Gooey 18 ժամ առաջ
As Dark Souls put it: "Time for crab"
K Heru
K Heru 18 ժամ առաջ
Adapt or die. Hint hint humans.
Johnny Mneumonic
Johnny Mneumonic 19 ժամ առաջ
Because the Earth is 70% of water
snoopy dogg
snoopy dogg 19 ժամ առաջ
Me evolving to a crab Dad: Are you winning son?
Marcellofp
Marcellofp 20 ժամ առաջ
“Why do things keep evolving into crabs?” *Reject Monke* *Embrace crab*
Dadosss 12
Dadosss 12 20 ժամ առաջ
f o r g e t h u m e n i t e y b e c o m e *C R A B*
Doofus
Doofus 20 ժամ առաջ
King crab sus
Konsta Bäck
Konsta Bäck 20 ժամ առաջ
They just want to rave
Diogenes
Diogenes 20 ժամ առաջ
my interest has never been peak so much much from a title alone.
Samantha K
Samantha K 20 ժամ առաջ
Idk who this guy is but he’s my favourite
Malcolm Francisco
Malcolm Francisco 20 ժամ առաջ
Crabs are the meta; no more, no less.
No Name
No Name 21 ժամ առաջ
Crab People Crab People Walk like Crab, talk like People Crab People
Le Virtuoso
Le Virtuoso 21 ժամ առաջ
So what's the difference between real and fake crabs
srikrishna rao
srikrishna rao 12 ժամ առաջ
genetics
CourierTX
CourierTX 21 ժամ առաջ
What I expected: Mammal slowly turns into crustacean What I got: THESE “CRABS” ARE IMPOSTERS!!!!
I'm A Weeb
I'm A Weeb 23 ժամ առաջ
They're evolving, Just sidewards
Silvery Blue
Silvery Blue 23 ժամ առաջ
That is what you got for eating too many crab legs!
Lowlander 2004
Lowlander 2004 Օր առաջ
Funny... I was feeling a bit crabby this morning... I'll get my coat on the way out 😉
VC Guerrilla
VC Guerrilla Օր առաջ
Reject humanity, ignore the monke, accept crab
VC Guerrilla
VC Guerrilla Օր առաջ
Evolution : I made a new animal Mother Earth : New animal or crab again Evolution : *crabagain*
LemònBôî
LemònBôî Օր առաջ
Once all of us evolves to crabs, lets first of all do a crab rave
Moon Creek
Moon Creek Օր առաջ
They are the superior species
ACHES PAT
ACHES PAT Օր առաջ
Crabs are just spiders with cool armor
Tom
Tom Օր առաջ
Because it makes it a highly effective scavenger and then simply evolves to adapt to its environment. I actually wonder if this is true of humans , does intelligence lead to a human like default state? Essentially did the original Star Trek series get it right but for reasons more to do with budget and costume restrictions?
Moth Dust
Moth Dust Օր առաջ
Evolution: *PILE*
dick castle
dick castle Օր առաջ
Crab people, crab people
Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams Օր առաջ
Time for Crab
dull asparagus
dull asparagus Օր առաջ
this video has the best comment section from all of youtube
Marvin D
Marvin D Օր առաջ
Coconut crabs are delicious tho 😳
SmallMailMan
SmallMailMan Օր առաջ
No no oh no everything is evolving into crabs ah no help ahhhhhh
Lashed Scarlett
Lashed Scarlett Օր առաջ
Reject monke become crab
FACTS over feelings
FACTS over feelings Օր առաջ
Crab people craabb people crab people.
Aagil Maulana
Aagil Maulana Օր առաջ
Crab was not the imposter 2 imposter left
Mau
Mau Օր առաջ
You're not wrong coconut crabs are terrifying. I once saw it eating a duck alive.
Luxoy
Luxoy Օր առաջ
Might be a dumb question but if that's the case, how come we still have lobsters that didn't evolve into crab form?
Kenneth Mc
Kenneth Mc Օր առաջ
So there we were, 2017 deployment, Guam. 2am, we are all sitting around at the hotel near the pool super drunk. Guy tells a story about spiders for some reason. Guy looks down, screams, jumps up and flips the table over. Coconut crab was climbing up his leg. Those things are huge.
Random Ramblings
Random Ramblings Օր առաջ
THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS. .....have it pass you the butter too. 😂😂
Random Ramblings
Random Ramblings Օր առաջ
Everything keeps evolving into crabs........ Clearly I was meant to consume ALL life. 😈😃......
Ewanofavalon
Ewanofavalon Օր առաջ
CRABULON! CRABULON!
-TenkYufWenD -
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in short.... they are delicious food. the end.
Forrest Boutin
Forrest Boutin Օր առաջ
Crab people!
Jase
Jase Օր առաջ
THE TITLE MADE ME LAUGH SO LOUD
D A
D A Օր առաջ
"I don't need sleep, I need answers."
KimberlyWrestlingGal
KimberlyWrestlingGal Օր առաջ
Now I know where South Park was coming from with, "crab people, crab people"
halo awe
halo awe Օր առաջ
the ultimate life form
Mitchell 60000000000
Mitchell 60000000000 Օր առաջ
🌈 IMAGINATION🌈
Ryver C
Ryver C Օր առաջ
Crab There are alot of imposters among us
D.E Sánchez
D.E Sánchez Օր առաջ
I still ddont know why so much hate to coconut crabs. I like them. Theyre just bigger crabs. Im the only one? X,D
3[L]
3[L] Օր առաջ
Ah yes, the crab cycle.
Awwome grass called alfalfa
Awwome grass called alfalfa Օր առաջ
there is a imposter among us
seigfreeg
seigfreeg Օր առաջ
Thought this was an Onion News story at first
Manetinaj
Manetinaj Օր առաջ
Title: Why do things keep evolving into crabs? Me: i dunno, i guess evolution really likes dumb, hairless, pinchered-animals. Wait, are we evolving into cra-
TAP
TAP Օր առաջ
Man I wish we became crab
Yeetem Seetem
Yeetem Seetem Օր առաջ
Does this mean dogs will evolve into crabs? Imagine that.
Lvl 1 Cook
Lvl 1 Cook Օր առաջ
I hate it when my animals keep evolving into crabs
Jo King
Jo King Օր առաջ
*C R A B P E O P L E*
Jeffrey Henion
Jeffrey Henion Օր առաջ
Am I the only one who wants a giant friendly crab for a pet? Think of it bouncing around happily when you get home from work...
JohnnyBoy
JohnnyBoy Օր առաջ
I just love the AM-posts algorithm.
Galaxyjelly99
Galaxyjelly99 Օր առաջ
Crabs are so scary
Emme Pombär
Emme Pombär Օր առաջ
06:30 Unnecessary do-gooder crap.
just a normal dud
just a normal dud Օր առաջ
reject humanity return to creb
Jas_RedStoneWorks2.5
Jas_RedStoneWorks2.5 Օր առաջ
Ancient crab names: Cool and Longword like; “Archelieus” Modern crab names: Coconut boi
Christian Kettlewell
Christian Kettlewell Օր առաջ
the image at 4:!5 actually gave me chills :/
John
John Օր առաջ
4:00 laughs in "The Ocean"
NemiKaiser [VRChat]
NemiKaiser [VRChat] Օր առաջ
Are you feeling it now Mr.Krabs
Brandon
Brandon Օր առաջ
I can't wait to ascend to crabhood
tyquan fleming
tyquan fleming Օր առաջ
What will crustaceans 🦞 👀 like in 50 years
Stoffy Darko
Stoffy Darko Օր առաջ
my trypophobia: *chillin* porcelain crab: 👁👄👁 me: NOOO WHAT ????? WHY
Persephone Raeder
Persephone Raeder Օր առաջ
Coconut crab is sus.
Dj none
Dj none Օր առաջ
I will self terminate before I evolve into a crab
alejandro aguirre ramirez
alejandro aguirre ramirez Օր առաջ
I want to be crab
Badreddine Wreqs
Badreddine Wreqs Օր առաջ
“Wait we’re all crabs?” *Always* *have* *been*
MemeyBoi
MemeyBoi Օր առաջ
Wait we aren't supposed to be giant crabs yet?
anthony-y
anthony-y 2 օր առաջ
YEP CRUUB
cmon bruh
cmon bruh 2 օր առաջ
evolution: I made a new animal us: new animal or crab again evolution: crab again
Gustav Calder
Gustav Calder 2 օր առաջ
So, crab people are real.
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