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Introduction to the Animal Kingdom
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Introduction to the Animal Kingdom

You live in the most diverse of all kingdoms: the animal kingdom. Scientists characterize all organisms living in this large group by seven essential functions: feeding, respiration, circulation, excretion, response, movement, and reproduction. Now find out which phylum you’re in.

The Biology Corner
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Top 10 Cutest Animals in Science 2014

Top 10 Cutest Animals in Science 2014

Even scientists are suckers for cute animals. This video counts down the 10 cutest science stories of the year: From frogs that "dance" to court the ladies to robotic baby penguins. More...

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Nature
Practice Quiz for Kingdom to Subphylum

Practice Quiz for Kingdom to Subphylum

Quiz yourself on animal classifications. Don’t feel bad if you’re not a know-it-all: Wrong responses give you the information you need. More...

Interactive
Palomar College
Baby Animals: Photo Gallery

Baby Animals: Photo Gallery

From a baby Asian elephant smaller than the tall grass to a crocodile hatching from its egg, check out these "irresistibly cute baby animals." More...

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National Geographic
Black Mamba vs. Animal Kingdom

Black Mamba vs. Animal Kingdom

The deadly poisonous black mamba snake has its pick of prey in its African environment. Watch to see how it protects itself from huge creatures sharing its space. More...

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National Geographic
Coffee Buzz: How Does Caffeine Affect the Physiology of Animals?

Coffee Buzz: How Does Caffeine Affect the Physiology of Animals?

Caffeine in coffee and other drinks is a stimulant that can give you a “buzz.” Try this experiment to see how it affects water fleas, fish, and other small invertebrates. More...

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Science Buddies
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The Animal Kingdom: Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The Animal Kingdom: Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Animals are grouped by many criteria, such as those with backbones (vertebrates) and those without (invertebrates). Start here to explore more about them. More...

Article
Kidport
Animal Diversity Web

Animal Diversity Web

Find almost everything you need to know here, whether you’re interested in corals or crustaceans, mollusks or mammals, or snakes or salamanders. More...

Article
University of Michigan
Animal Kingdom Gets a New Root

Animal Kingdom Gets a New Root

Biologists have changed their minds about the last common animal ancestor, once thought to be a sponge. Take a look at the most likely contender now, the amoeba-like placozoan. More...

Article
Wired
Mimi’s Research

Mimi’s Research

Scientist Mimi Koehl explores the biomechanics of tiny creatures in their ocean environment. Discover how scientific exploration for her is like being a detective. More...

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University of California, Berkeley
The Shape of Life: Proof of the First Animal, Mitchell Sogin

The Shape of Life: Proof of the First Animal, Mitchell Sogin

When you draw your family tree, be sure to include your oldest ancestors: the sponges. Evolutionary biologist Mitchell Sogin investigates the genes of the sponge. More...

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Sea Studios Foundation
A New View of the Evolution of Animals

A New View of the Evolution of Animals

Scientists in the fields of paleontology, embryology, anatomy, and genetics are working together to answer questions about the evolution of animals. Find out what they are discovering. More...

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Sea Studios Foundation

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