Magnificent Mammals Activity workbook- ages 3-5
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There are more than 4,000 different species of Mammals. The smallest is the hog nosed bat, which weighs 0.05 ounces. The largest is the Blue Whale, which can be 100 feet long, and weigh 150 tons. Mammal bones, especially skulls, are used for identification, and to work out the evolutionary history of each species. The jaws of a house cat are more lion- than wolf-like, for example. The teeth of horses and zebras look alike. The ear bones of mammals were once the jaws of prehistoric reptiles. And so on.
Mammals live in all sorts of environments, including the ocean, underground, and on land. Some Mammals can even fly! One reason for their success is the way they move. Mammals as a group use every possible form of locomotion. Terrestrial species walk, run, jump, climb, hop, swing, dig, and burrow. Aquatic ones swim, shuffle, and dive.
All Mammals are warm blooded, this means they can regulate their own body temperature, which allows them to live in almost every climate on earth. They have hair on their bodies. They produce milk to feed their babies. They are vertebrates, which means they have a backbone. Diet and behavior vary, too.
Many carnivores, for example, are top predators that live generally solitary lives. These include jaguars, tigers, and polar bears. By contrast, lions, otters, wolves, and dolphins live in family groups. Even more social are some of the herbivores, especially hoofed animals like deer and zebra. By living in large groups, they gain both protection against becoming another animal’s meal and more opportunities to breed. Among omnivores, primates are known for their high intelligence, and rodents for their high numbers.
Mammals are sometimes divided into three types based on how they give birth, and take care of their young.
Yes, dolphins are classified as mammals and not fish. Dolphins are warm blooded, and have mammary glands. Dolphins are different than “dolphinfish,” which are also known as mahi-mahi. Like every mammal, dolphins are warm blooded. Unlike fish, who breathe through gills, dolphins breathe air using lungs. Dolphins must make frequent trips to the surface of the water to catch a breath.
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