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September 7, 2011

Ah so.

srikanth @ 11:59 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1315439947 ) Play

Identify the animal in (1) [two examples] that became famous because of (2). Pseudobonus points for full story. Points will be given for the ‘original’ name as well as any decently close approximations!


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Answer:
Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection

Thus spake Shwetha

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25 Responses to “Ah so.”

  1. Raghuvansh
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    Heikegani or Samurai Crab, made famous by Carl Sagan’s related theory about artificial selection – crabs resembling samurai were less likely to be eaten and therefore more likely to reproduce, etc.


  2. KK
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    1.The heike crab (Heikegani)
    2.Carl Sagan
    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection, an interpretation published by Julian Huxley in 1952. According to this hypothesis, the crabs with shells resembling Samurai were thrown back to the sea by the fishers on respect to the Heike warriors, while those not resembling Samurai were eaten, giving the former a greater chance of reproducing. Thus, the more closely the crabs resemble a samurai face, the more likely they would be spared and thrown back


  3. Saurabh

    Heikegani is a crab species popularized by Carl Sagan in Cosmos about artificial selection that more a crab resembled a samurai better are its chances of surviving as fishermen threw them back into the sea after being caught out of respect.


  4. udupendra
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    Heikegani – Sagan put gyaan on how the resemblance to a human face was a result of natural selection, as those which had samurai faces were put back in the sea and not eaten by the Japanese


  5. username
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    Heikegani
    carl sagan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heikegani

    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection


  6. Sumanth Patlolla
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    Heikegani(Heikea japonica) is a species of crab native to Japan, with a shell that bears a pattern resembling a human face.

    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection.


  7. shrik
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    Heikegani are Japanese crabs with a shell that looks like a human face.

    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection.


  8. Rogi
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    Heikegani (Samurai crabs)


  9. aditthya

    Heikegani crabs samurai face shape…carl sagan told about this kind of unintentional artificial selection in a tv show


  10. Dibyo
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    Heikegani/Heike Crabs and Carl Sagan.


  11. Copy-pasting from Wikipedia

    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection


  12. grey_matters

    Heike Crabs


  13. jowens
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    Samurai (Heike) crabs, whose carapaces look like samurai faces (and hence are more likely to be thrown back by fishermen and benefit from natural selection)


  14. HEIKEGANI aka Hike-Crabs
    Carl Sagan
    Heikegani is a species of crab native to Japan, with a shell that bears a pattern resembling a human face. It is locally believed that these crabs are reincarnations of the spirits of the Heike warriors defeated at the Battle of Dan-no-ura as told in The Tale of the Heike
    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection


  15. rickde
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    Heike crab


  16. Amarendra Kumar
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    Human faced crab
    also called “samurai crab”


  17. Bharath
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    Heikegani species of crab

    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection


  18. Aditya S

    The Heike Crab/Heikegani that were used by Carl Sagan as an example of unintentional artificial selection.


  19. badideabear
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    1) Heikegani – aka Heike Crabs.
    2) Carl Sagan

    Sagan talked about these crabs as an example of artificial selection – the crabs with shells that looked like samurai faces got to survive, and the ones that didn’t got eaten.


  20. mankuTimma
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    1. Heikegani (Heikea japonica) Crabs
    2. Carl Sagan


  21. the heikegani crabs
    used as an example by sagasn in cosmos
    they were thrown back into the sea if they resembled samurai, out of respect to the heike
    thus their chance of breeding increased.
    this was done out of respect to the heike warriors who died


  22. Rahulk
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    (1) Heikegani (Heikea japonica) or the samurai crabs

    (2) Carl Sagan

    The complete story here …

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heikegani


  23. username
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    also called:

    Heike Crab
    human face crab


  24. Ananth
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    Heike crabs and Heikegani
    2 is Carl Sagan


  25. Shwetha Maiya
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    Heikegani were used by Carl Sagan in his popular science television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage as an example of unintentional artificial selection


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