Back to Basics- Adaptations
We’re talking about adaptations today! All animals have adaptations to survive in their environment.
Adaptations are mutations or genetic changes that help the organism survive.
Adaptations can be physical, like a giraffe’s neck has grown longer to reach the leaves no other animal can.
Adaptations can be behavioral. Simang’s mate for life and each pair have their own song they sing to find their mate while they are foraging for food in the trees.
Exaptations are adaptations that developed for one reason and then was used for another. It is believed that dinosaurs developed feathers to keep themselves warm. Those feathers were later used to help their ancestors fly.
Vestigial adaptations are adaptations that are still remain but are useless. Whales still have leg bones on their skeleton. Those won’t help now :)!
Coadaptation is when species adapt together. Certain plants have adapted to appeal to hummingbirds. Those hummingbirds have adapted long beaks to reach that pollen. These adaptations help both organisms, the hummingbird gets food and it helps pollinate those plants!
Adaptations can be simple or crazy! All of our adaptations make us great! What is your favorite animal adaptation?