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Article Title

Shell, Beak, Tusk: Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation

Authors

Maryn Wheeler

Keywords

Outstanding, Preschool, Primary, Bridget Heos, Convergence, Evolution, Adaptation, Animals, Traits

Document Type

Book Review

Abstract

In a world of predators and prey, animals have adapted to survive. Animals have specific traits to help them eat, while other traits protect them from being eaten. This vivid picture book explores convergent evolution where similar traits are seen in unrelated animals. Each informative page compares animals from different environments who share a helpful trait such as spines, shells, or tall ears. Animals use these survival traits in parallel ways even though they are distinct species. When a trait works, it works in multiple circumstances!

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