Nature’s balance depends on a web of predatory animals that have teeth, claws, speed and other adaptations for catching their food. This balance also hinges on prey animals with clever defenses to avoid becoming food.
The African weaverbird expertly ties knots, crafting a complex nest with two rooms plus an entryway. It stands on one foot as it ties knots with its beak and other foot.
Different kinds of aquatic (water-dwelling) animals use similar tricks of the survival trade. This section demonstrates this point with a look an aquatic bird and a water-loving mammal.
Among prides of lions, the female does most of the hunting.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
The largest American alligator on record measured 19 feet, 2 inches, and it lived in Louisiana.
In the wild world of nature, survival often depends on sitting in one place and looking like something you’re not. It’s all about adaptations that fool the eye.
The earliest known fossils of modern humans, Homo sapiens, were found in Africa. They date back roughly 200,000 years.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
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