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Adaptation

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There are creatures living in almost every part of the world-from the hot rainy tropics to the icy polar caps, and from the dry desert to the depths of the ocean. No matter where they live on Earth, all living things seem to be perfectly suited to their environment. Scientists say that these adaptations did not happen overnight. They are the result of a long process of gradual changes over many generations. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain Darwin's ...
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Overview

There are creatures living in almost every part of the world-from the hot rainy tropics to the icy polar caps, and from the dry desert to the depths of the ocean. No matter where they live on Earth, all living things seem to be perfectly suited to their environment. Scientists say that these adaptations did not happen overnight. They are the result of a long process of gradual changes over many generations. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain Darwin's theory of evolution, unique adaptations of humans and other animals, and what the latest research on adaptation reveals.
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Editorial Reviews

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The lizard on the cover photo of this book wants to talk. Mouth open, crown high, his personality jumps out, and he will make this book, part of the “Science Concepts” jump off the shelf. After that, the authors’ clear writing and well-designed outline will keep kids reading about how and why animals adapt to different environments. The authors start by explaining evolution, and how different types of animals came to live in different places. Then they address the individual adaptations for each area. In chapter three, “Extreme Habitats” we learn, for example that kangaroo rats are adapted to the desert. They “beat the heat by sleeping through the hot, sunny days in their burrows, deep in the sand. They plug up the entrances to keep their burrows cool and hold in moisture. They go out to gather seeds at night when it is cooler.” We also learn about desert plants, plants and animals of the Polar Regions, and of the ocean vents. Most spreads have two pictures, but even those that do not are broken by shaded text. Each of the six chapters is divided into subsections that can be easily digested before moving on. Most middle readers could understand the writing, but the subject matter will be relevant through beginning biology in high school. While this book will be used for reports, it will also satisfy nonfiction readers. Backmatter includes a glossary, bibliography, further resources, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822534341
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Lerner Science Concepts Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,114,399
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents


Fit for Life     4
Adaptation and Evolution     12
Extreme Habitats     38
When Seasons Change     54
Adapting to the Night Life     66
Prey versus Predator     76
Human Adaptations     90
Glossary     104
Selected Bibliography     107
For Further Information     108
Index     110
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