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Parent and Offspring - Science Language
Environment
The physical surroundings of an organism, the habitat.
Inherited
A trait passed on from the parent organism to offspring.
Instincts
Inborn behaviors.
Learned Behavior
Learned (not inherited) from repeated reactions in the environment.
Life cycle
The series of events or phases an organism goes through from birth to death, or to the birth of the next generation.
Offspring
The progeny of the parent organism, the children.
Organism
Any living thing made of cells.
Parent Organism
The parent of the offspring (usually a mom and dad).
Population
All of a species living in a given area.
Specialized Structure
Unique body or cell parts that help and organism survive (examples: snowshoe hare’s foot, leaves and petals on a plant, and stinger on a scorpion.)
Species
A group of the same organisms sharing common traits.
Survival
A species succeeds, or lives successfully in their environment; finding food, avoiding predators, and raising young.
Traits
I
nherited characteristics that set a species apart from other species.
Variations
Slight differences among individuals of a species.
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