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Frizzell Voc # 18

Fossils and Adaptations

TermDefinition
fossil the preserved remains or traces of plants and animals that lived in the past. Fossils are found in sedimentary rock.
imprint a mark made by pressing something into a softer substance so that its outline is reproduced.
paleontologist a scientist who studies Earth's history by observing the fossil record
evidence an outward sign or indication about something
conservation the protection of natural resources and ecosystems
adaptation a characteristic that an organism has that helps it to survive in their environment; both structural and behavioral characteristics
instinct an inherited behavior that an organism just knows how to do without being taught.
camouflage a physical adaptation of an organism that allows it to blend in and hide from predators.
nocturnal a behavioral adaptation in which an animal hunts at night and sleeps in the day
migration a behavioral adaptation in which animals "travel" long distances during the seasons to increase their survival.
hibernation a long-period of inactivity (sleep) of some animals during the winter season
function the purpose of something; the way something works or what it does
structure a particular body part of an organism
Created by: tfrizzell
 

 



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