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How the humble limpet helped humans develop, survive and thrive

By Louise Firth, Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, University of Plymouth
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The humble limpet generally doesn’t attract much attention. Most of us remember them from childhood as tenacious little creatures clinging to rocks, impossible to prise off. But this familiar, cone-shaped animal has played an important part in the development of humans across the globe.

As my recent research underscored, limpets have long been important to humans as food,…The Conversation

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