Arrival of humans wiped out Hawaiian crabs

Published on May 18th, 2011 | by Admin

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The arrival of the first Polynesian settlers to the islands of Hawaii wiped out native land crabs about 1,000 years ago.

Early settlers brought animals such as pigs and rats – wiping the crabs out.

The researchers describe this as the first documented extinction of a crab in the human era.

“They’d already vanished from the islands by the time the Europeans got there – nobody’s ever seen one alive,” said Gustav Paulay, curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

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Story: Richard Black | Photo: Gustav Paulay

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