Essential Question

How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions? What happens to individuals within an ecosystem when the environment changes? Structures help organisms adapt to give them a better chance of sun. ‘avail. Structures could be many things. When you look at animals today you can see many things that give them advantages to survive in nature. A turtle is a great example because before they probably didn’t have shells or maybe softer shells. Ones with tougher shells are more likely to survive because predators can’t get to them, so the strong-shelled turtles ass on their hard shells to their offspring.

Another plant adoption I recall from school was a video I saw about weeds or dandelions. Weeds would grow out like normal, however when people started mowing lawns with the old fashion push lawn mowers, the dandelion’s flower would not stick up to be Cut down the by the blades. This meant that they could still spread seeds without be cut down. In England, during the industrial revolution, trees in the area of factories and other high pollution areas, the bark would change colors.

The pepper moth has adapted to have a darker skin color to stay denied from predators, but pepper moths in low pollution areas have a lighter skin because the trees have a lighter colored bark. Kola bears have a unique adoption in that they can eat eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic to many other animals, so it doesn’t have to worry much about competition from other animals. As I learned from Jurassic park, frogs can change its sex if there are many other frogs of the same sex in the same area. Although not as scary as dinosaurs, this unique ability ensures survival of frogs because there is always a partner to breed with.

Since frogs produce many offspring, it gives a chance for many frogs to come and eat our pesky flies and mosquitoes. Flying lemurs have a unique ability to glide from tree to tree to avoid crawling on the ground where predators lurk. With extra folds of skin under its arms to is six times bigger than the rest of its body to maximize its surface area so it can stay in the canopies away from many predators. Pineapples have a unique adoption that the leaves of the pineapple can help it absorb more water. Pineapple plants have two sets of roots.

A starting root system to help keep it sturdy in the ground and absorb water, an auxiliary set to take in additional water. An individual within a certain ecosystem that changes has two choices. It can adapt to the new changes or it will die off. If not enough of a species can adapt, then the species will become extinct. Woolly mammoths were big elephants that died off at the end of the ice age because it couldn’t adapt but a regular elephant may have survived from the mammoth because it was able to adapt to warmer weather.

TO sum everything up, adoption is a necessary part of life to ensure survival. If you cannot adapt, then you cannot survive. All living organisms now have adapted in some way to ensure its place in its ecosystem.