What is a Mammal?

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What makes a mammal a mammal? How can creatures as different as the bat, the tiger, and the whale all belong to the same class of animals? Are mammals creatures that bear live young? Most are, but the duck-billed platypus and some spiny anteaters lay eggs, and they're mammals. Do mammals live on land? Many do, but dolphins and whales live in the sea, and they're mammals, too. So what exactly is a mammal? Answering that question isn't as easy as it might seem, but What is a Mammal? makes solving the puzzle ...

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Overview

What makes a mammal a mammal? How can creatures as different as the bat, the tiger, and the whale all belong to the same class of animals? Are mammals creatures that bear live young? Most are, but the duck-billed platypus and some spiny anteaters lay eggs, and they're mammals. Do mammals live on land? Many do, but dolphins and whales live in the sea, and they're mammals, too. So what exactly is a mammal? Answering that question isn't as easy as it might seem, but What is a Mammal? makes solving the puzzle fascinating and fun.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871569295
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Snedden has written numerous books on science and nature for children.

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What do you think of when you think of a mammal? Perhaps this isn't a word you've heard before and you don't immediately think of anything at all. Every one of us sees some mammals every day. Many people keep mammals as pets. Cats and dogs are mammals, as are mice and hamsters. Many farm animals are mammals as well, including cattle, sheep and horses.

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Table of Contents

What is a mammal?

Fur and hair

Keeping warm

Keeping cool

Mothers and babies

Growing up

Walking and running

Jumping, swimming and flying

Teeth and jaws

Scent and taste

The mammal ear

The mammal eye

Fellow mammals

Glossary

Index

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