Animal Kingdom

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From birds to bats and from snakes to starfish, the animal kingdom contains a tremendous amount of diversity. This vast variety of animals is organized into a number of subcategories based on physical attributes or ancestors. Wings, backbones, teeth, and number of legs are among the features that help scientists understand and classify the animals of our world. For more information, read Jane Goodall: Primatologist and Animal Activist, another book in the Mission: Science ...

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Overview

From birds to bats and from snakes to starfish, the animal kingdom contains a tremendous amount of diversity. This vast variety of animals is organized into a number of subcategories based on physical attributes or ancestors. Wings, backbones, teeth, and number of legs are among the features that help scientists understand and classify the animals of our world. For more information, read Jane Goodall: Primatologist and Animal Activist, another book in the Mission: Science series.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Knight
This reference book for the young scientist is filled with pictures and interesting facts about the animal kingdom. Carolus Linnaeus was one of the first scientists to use a classification system to organize and group living things. In 1735, he identified three kingdoms: animals, plants and rocks. His classification system has changed over time; rocks has since been replaced and there are currently six kingdoms, the largest being the animal kingdom. This book gives insight into the animal kingdom and attempts to detail the further classifications of kingdoms; however, the presentation of the classification system is somewhat confusing for the reader. Further classification of the animal kingdom is called phyla. Originally, animal classifications were based upon appearance, called morphological grouping. However, now animals that look alike may no longer be grouped together. There are 17 phyla in the animal kingdom but only 10 were described—or even named—in the book. An example of phyla is the chapter detailing mollusks. In this section, the reader learns that there are various types of squid, octopi, and snails within the mollusk phylum. So although a slug, a snail, snail and oyster do not look like relatives, they have common ancestor and share the same phylum within the animal kingdom. This text is filled with interesting facts concerning the different phyla that make up the animal kingdom. Facts about worms, fish, echinoderms, and mammals abound. There is a balance between scientific terms and laymen's terms, so that this book can be used to introduce the young scientist to the complex world of kingdoms. Additionally, this text extends learning through the inclusion of a science activity and a segment detailing important people in zoology. Reviewer: Sarah Knight
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540579
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Wetland Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Fascinating Animals 6

The Language of Taxonomy 8

Worms, Worms, and More Worms! 12

What Are Echinoderms? 13

What Makes a Mollusk a Mollusk? 14

Bugs on Land and Sea 16

You Are a Chordate 18

The World of Fish 20

The Double Life of Amphibians 22

Dinosaurs and Today's Reptiles 24

Built for Flight: Birds 26

Last Stop: Mammals 28

Science Activity 30

Important People in Zoology 33

Glossary 34

Zoology Through Time 36

Additional Resources 38

Index 39

About the Author 40

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