ERIC Number: EJ769688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Extreme Arthropods: Exploring Evolutionary Adaptations to Polar and Temperate Deserts
Sandro, Luke; Constible, Juanita M.; Lee, Richard E., Jr.
Science Scope, v30 n9 p24-32 Jul 2007
In this activity, Namib and Antarctic arthropods are used to illustrate several important biological principles. Among these are the key ideas that form follows function and that the environment drives evolution. In addition, students will discover that the climates of the Namib Desert and the Antarctic Peninsula are similar in several ways, and that these arthropods have evolved some analogous adaptations. This investigation is a good introduction to the phylum Arthropoda, the most successful group of animals on Earth, and spotlights the group's ability to occupy some of the most challenging niches on the planet (National Science Content C--Life Science; NRC 1996).
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Science Activities, Climate, Entomology, Science Instruction, Ecology, Evolution
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Namibia