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Elementary Collection: Animal Adaptations

Living creatures can be found in every habitat on Earth, from oceans, deserts, and rainforests to prairies, caves, and urban backyards. Animals have managed to survive in these varied climates and conditions through adaptation – the process of changing as a species over time to become well suited to the environment. Sometimes these changes take place slowly, over many generations, as more successful animals survive and pass their traits to their offspring. Other times, a quickly changing habitat forces animals to make swift behavioral adaptations in order to survive. This collection showcases different types of animals – insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, marsupials, and even humans – and the adaptations that have helped them succeed.