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 earliest known fossils of modern humans, Homo sapiens, were found in Africa. They date back roughly 200,000 years.
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.
About a quarter of all the discovered, described animals on earth are beetles.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
The reticulated giraffe has a bluish tongue. This adaptation prevents the tongue from getting sunburned.
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.
You are a mammal. All mammals have four-chambered hearts, three unique ear bones in each ear, they nurse their young, and almost all have hair at some point in their lives.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
Elephants can communicate with each other over a distance of six miles by broadcasting deep, low frequency, rumbling sounds.
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