Scientific Taxonomy and Earths Biodiversity Paper

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Scientific Taxonomy and Earth’s Biodiversity Danny Hanshew Jr. 04/16/2011 BIO/100 Katrina Everhart
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Kingdom Animalia contains all different animal species. This paper will describe the biodiversity of mammals, insects, birds, and echinoderms. The description of the species in particular is elephants, armadillos, termites, butterflies, penguins, hummingbirds, starfishes, and sand dollars. These species have different characteristics, the fact is that all of them are all eukaryotic, multi-cellular, heterotrophic, lack cell walls, are motile, and pass through a blastula stage as animals. Elephants and armadillos are just some of the species out of the huge collection of mammals. These two share the same characteristics which are warm-blooded; their young are born alive, and have lungs to breath. Despite their similarities, these two have apparent differences. The bodies are the most evident. An elephant’s physical characteristics consist of its enormous size; have tusks, and even a trunk (Myers, 2008). An armadillo is very small and has hard armor-like skin, short legs, and has claws (Myers, 2008). Also, an elephant’s diet is usually plant flood, considering that it is an herbivore, while an armadillo uses its sharp claws to dig for grubs or insects (National Geographic Society, 2008).The elephant belongs to the Proboscides, which only contains one family of living animals, the elephants includes three species such as African Bush Elephant, Asian Elephant, and African Forest Elephant (McKenzie, 2001). The Proboscides order classifies animals that feed by their trunks. The armadillo is the only family in the order Cingulata, as well as a super-order Xenarthra, which also includes anteaters and sloths. The Cingulata order classifies animals with girdle like shells. This not only helps protect the
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