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Shell, beak, tusk : shared traits and the wonders of adaptation

Author: Bridget Heos
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
Introduces how evolution provides common traits for different animals, and the unique ways in which each uses them, from the shelled snail and turtle to the billed duck and platypus.
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Genre/Form: Picture books
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bridget Heos
ISBN: 9780544811669 0544811666
OCLC Number: 950724722
Target Audience: Ages 6-9.; K to grade 3.
Description: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Contents: Terrific traits --
Spines are for pricking --
A shell is for hiding --
Tall ears are for hearing --
and more --
Wings are for flying --
Black and white is for camouflage --
A light is for drawing attention --
A beak is for crushing --
A bill is for slurping --
A long, sticky tongue is for catching insects --
A tusk is for ... lots of things --
Twin traits.
Responsibility: by Bridget Heos.


We think of evolution as a tree with branches that make clear, linear sense - with one animal and its traits clearly derived from one that came before it genetically. But what about animals who share  Read more...
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"A beautiful presentation of a complicated concept, and a great selection for classroom use." -SLJ "Convergent evolution" sounds like a mouthful for elementary-grade kids, but in this beautifully Read more...

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