Different kinds of animals have different body coverings. Animals with backbones (vertebrates) include 5 major groups based on observable features including body covering, among other characteristics. Fish have skin covered with wet scales, Amphibians have bare skin that is usually moist or wet. Reptiles have skin covered with dry scales. Birds have skin covered with feathers. Mammals have skin covered with hair (fur). Animals without backbones (invertebrates) are extremely diverse in form, and have many different kinds of body coverings. Most arthropods, the group to which horseshoe crabs and insects belong, are covered by exoskeletons. An exoskeleton is a hard outer covering made of a hard, semi-transparent substance called chitin. This kit helps learners explore why animals have body coverings, the animal groups and their various types of coverings.
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Recommended audience: Ages 4 to adult
*This kit is a nice complement to our Animals Inside Out exhibit.
In this kit: The set includes a set of hides from rabbit, raccoon, fox, cow, beaver and bobcat. Several examples of coverings from fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and invertebrates are also included. A microscope with select slides of hair and scales provided also. Learners observe basic properties of objects, use senses to gather information, compare and contrast differences in physical properties.
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