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Outrageous Animal Adaptations

From Big-Eared Bats to Frill-Necked Lizards

by Michael J. Rosen


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A fish that walks on land, a frog that makes its own sunscreen, and an insect that can become invisible? Whether to avoid predators, to stalk prey, or to withstand extreme temperatures, Earth's creatures have evolved some outrageous features and tricks to ensure survival.

For example, did you know that the geoduck (nope, it's not a duck, it's a clam) can live as long as 160 years? And that the aye-aye, a nocturnal primate, uses echolocation and a long, spindly finger to find and dig up food? Or that in its deep-ocean habitat, the vampire squid uses bioluminescence to startle predators? These are among the many animals that show evolution and adaptation at work.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Twenty-First Century Books ™
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Michael J. Rosen (Author)

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author of some three dozen books for children of all ages (and even more for grown-ups!), including The Cuckoos Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Famiys Farm (which he...

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