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This looks like a ball. But it isn’t a ball. What do you think it is?
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It’s an armadillo! It has tough skin which protects it like armor. But why do you think it needs to roll into a ball?
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They don’t have “armor” on their bellies! But when they’re rolled up, their bellies don’t show, so every inch of them is protected!
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Eggs are easy to crack open. If you squeezed one in your hands, how easy do you think it’d be to break it?
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An egg’s shell is actually strong! Look at how many weights you can stack on an egg! Why would having a strong shell be helpful?
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When a mother bird sits on her eggs, she won’t crush them--even if it’s a really heavy bird like an ostrich!
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You might have seen seashells at a beach before. But what is a seashell? Why can you find seashells on the beach?
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Hint: Think about animals that live on land. What land animals have shells?
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Check it out! Some snails live underwater! Spiral shells protect their squishy bodies. Their shells will one day wash up on a beach!
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Here’s the skeleton of a common fish. How strong do you think its skeleton is? Could a hungry animal bite a fish like this?
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Most fish can be bit--their skeletons look like this. But this colorful pinecone fish has a surprise inside... (Go to next slide!)
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Most fish’s skeletons don’t protect them. But this pinecone fish has way more bones than most fish--its bones act like armor!
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This fossil fish also had “bone armor” on its skull! It lived millions of years ago and grew almost as long as a school bus.
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Crocodiles don’t have shells, but their backs are super strong like armor. Can you guess what makes their backs so strong?
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They have dozens of extra bones on their backs (and sides!), right under their skin.
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Many of their extra back bones are pointy on top--here’s a close up of one. You can see the points through their skin!
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