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1) A cougar has a litter of 3 cubs. One cub is nearly identical to the parents, one cub has a much heavier coat, and one cub has much thinner coat. Otherwise the animals are the same. Which cub do you think will be more likely to survive? Why?
2) A goat has a tower of kids. One kid is nearly identical to the parents, one kid is especially good at climbing, and one kid is able to run very fast for long distances. Otherwise the animals are the same. Which kid do you think will be more likely to survive? Why?
3) A fish has a school of fry. About a third of them are nearly identical to the parents, a third of them are a little smaller but much more agile, a third of them are bigger and much faster. The fish are otherwise identical. Which third do you think will be more likely to survive? Why?

4) A lizard has a clutch of 3 eggs. When they hatch, one lizard is nearly identical to the parents, one lizard is greener and mottled looking, and one lizard is more tan and speckled. The lizards are otherwise identical. Which Lizard do you think will be more likely to survive? Why?

1A) Your cougars happen to live in the mountains of Canada. Which of the cubs do you think will be most likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two cubs? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

-Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?

1B) Your cougars happen to live in the lowland jungles of Ecuador (a country located on the equator). Which of the cubs do you think will be most likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two cubs? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

-Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?

2A) Your goats happen to live in the mountains of the Alps. Which of the kids do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two kids? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

- Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?


2B) Your goats happen to live in the plains of Africa. Which of the kids do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two kids? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

- Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?


3A) Your fish happen to live in a shallow water coral reef. Which of the fish do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the rest of the fish? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

- Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?


3B) Your fish happen to live in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Which of the fish do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the rest of the fish? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

-Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?

4A) Your lizards happen to live in the jungles of Cuba. Which of the lizards do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two lizard? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?

-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

-Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?

4B) Your lizards happen to live in the desert of Utah. Which of the lizards do you think will be more likely to survive? Why? What do you think will happen to the other two lizard? Why?

Things for your group to consider:

-What other animals live in this environment?

-Is your animal a predator or prey? Why might that matter?



-What is the environment like? Is it flat or mountainous? Hot or cold? Wide open or full or places to hide? How will the differences between siblings help or hurt the individual?

- Where might the offspring that you chose not do as well?

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