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Adaptation

An adaptation is a genetic change in an organism that helps it survive and reproduce in its habitat. The successful characteristic gets passed on to future generations. Individuals lacking it often don’t stand a chance.

Adaptations come in 2 forms: structural (how the animal looks) or behavioral (how it acts). Many animals exhibit both kinds.

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Explore the 2 types of adaptations — structural and behavioral — through up-close video looks at the opossum, the beaver, and the sea turtle. More...

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New Hampshire Public TV
Adaptations: Quiz

Adaptations: Quiz

Are you ready for a quick quiz about adaptations? See if you can breeze right through it! More...

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New Hampshire Public TV
Adaptations and Behaviors: Flowering

Adaptations and Behaviors: Flowering

Flowers are more than just pretty to look at. They're vital to the plant's ability to reproduce. Explore the various ways flowers attract pollinators. More...

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BBC
Corwin’s Quest: Mangrove Mudskipper

Corwin’s Quest: Mangrove Mudskipper

Conservationist Jeff Corwin shows adaptations the mudskipper fish has made for living on land in a mangrove: eyes on top of its head, water-filled gills, and limb-like fins to scoot around. More...

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Animal Planet
How Fish Evolved to Climb Waterfalls with Their Mouths

How Fish Evolved to Climb Waterfalls with Their Mouths

Somewhere along its evolutionary path, this fish repurposed its feeding behavior for another. Find out what it does, and why it tells us about adaption. More...

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National Geographic
How Plants Cope with the Desert Climate

How Plants Cope with the Desert Climate

Desert plants have 3 strategies for coping with the arid desert environment — they can store water, live with very little, or live shorter lives. Get the details. More...

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Human Adaptation Laboratory

Human Adaptation Laboratory

Humans are adapted to walking upright. It works well when you do it the right way. When you don’t — or can’t — your body might complain. Explore the mechanics of walking. More...

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Boston University
Living Together: High Tea

Living Together: High Tea

One-stop shopping! Adaptations allow different species of herbivores to feed on all levels of a single tree, from the bottom leaves to the top of the crown. Watch the video. More...

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BBC
Meerkat Adaptations

Meerkat Adaptations

Meerkats have specific physical adaptations that help them survive the hot days and cold nights of the Kalahari Desert. Explore them in this video. More...

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National Geographic
Not Everything Is an Adaptation

Not Everything Is an Adaptation

Sometimes a characteristic of an organism is just a characteristic and not an adaptation. Explore 4 reasons why this could be so. More...

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University of California, Berkeley
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: A Chromatic Adaptation Project

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: A Chromatic Adaptation Project

Human vision is highly adaptable. Try this simple, but impressive, experiment to see how quickly your vision system can respond to a stimulus. More...

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