Adaptations and Survival

The students in the gifted and talented program at Makalapa in Hawaii have been working on survival and adaptation. We studied about adaptations, mainly about animals, and how they are related to survival. We did research and some short reports on adaptations. Then we had to do three big web sites on past, present, and future animals mainly talking about their adaptations to their environment and how they are able to survive with all the changes on the earth. The changes can be all sorts of things. They could be climate, predators, or other things. That is what survival is about, being able to adapt to the habitat. In class we did some studies on plant adaptation too. Although we all chose to do our webpage research on animals, we know that plant species also have to adapt to new conditions if the species is going to continue to live.

To adapt means to change or adjust for a purpose. For animals the purpose of adapting is to be able to survive in the environment that they live in. All living things have to make adaptations to survive in their environment. Adaptations take a very long time. Some take many thousands of years. But that's what living things have to do to survive. On of the main parts of survial is to make adaptations to your habitat. If the environment changes and you can't adapt you can't survive.

We wrote about the animals' survival in their particular environment. We researched the animals and what their environment was like to see how their characteristics match with their habitat and how that showed adaptation.

Here is the research we did on animals from the past and present, and what we imagine for the future. Some of the creatures from the past that were around millions of years ago are still around today and are still creatures of the present. Some of them are almost exactly the same and some have gone through some changes. The ones who are still around have adapted to their changing environment, surroundings, and conditions and those that couldn't became extinct. Links and the animals of the future will be added on as we finish our pages.

Animals of the Past

Animals of the Present

Animals of the Future

Ammonite

Alligator

Arctic Wolf

Ant

Bat

Bear

Apatosaurus

Bengal Tiger

Cockroach

Archaeopteryx

Brown Bear

Dragonfly

Cockroach

Camel

Elephant

Compsognathus

Chameleon

Giraffe

Corythosaurus

Cheetah

Harp Seal

Crassigyrinus

Dragonfly

Koala

Dodo Bird

Emperor Penguin

Meerkat

Fly

Giant Anteater

Monkey

Mosquito

Giraffe

Polar Bear 1

Langur Monkey

Grizzly Bear

Polar Bear 2

Protoceratops

Harp Seal

Sea Turtle

Stegosaurus

Meerkat

Snake

Triceratops

Mouse

Tiger 1

Tyrannosaurus Rex 1

Polar Bear

Tiger 2

Tyrannosaurus Rex 2

Scorpion

Trumpeter Swan

Tyrannosaurus Rex 3

Spider

Worm

Tyrannosaurus Rex 4

Tiger

Velociraptor

Woolly Mammoth

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