What Is Ecology and What Are Ecosystems?

Ecology is the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. An organism’s environment can include other organisms. Therefore, ecology is also the study of relationships between organisms and organisms. For example, relationships exist between plants and animals. Plants are a food source to herbivorous and omnivorous animals, while animals help fertilize, propagate, and pollinate … Continue reading What Is Ecology and What Are Ecosystems?

What Are Animal Cells? A Brief Overview of Their Structure

Animal cells are the basic building blocks in animals. Animal cells are eukaryotic cells, which means they have membrane-bound organelles. There are many different types of cells, such as nerve and red blood cells. Membrane-bound means to be surrounded by a thin lining, or membrane. Organelle comes from the word “organ”. An organelle is a … Continue reading What Are Animal Cells? A Brief Overview of Their Structure

Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

In the previous lesson, I explained how animals are classified using the 8 hierarchical categories of classification: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. In addition to those, an animal may have a suborder, subfamily, and/or subspecies. Here, we will walk through the full classification of three different species: King Cobra, Lion, and … Continue reading Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear

There are 8 groups of classification: DomainKingdomPhylumClassOrderFamilyGenus Species Animals in each group share similar characteristics. Each subsequent group continues to add more specific characteristics on top of the existing ones. Thus, eliminating animals who do not meet the criteria, until you are left with one animal! To better understand each group and their characteristics, let … Continue reading A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear