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Most scientists believe an asteroid struck Earth 66 MYA. This is what killed the dinosaurs and let other types of animals take over.

Ducks are waterfowl. They are small, short-necked, and have large bills and web feet. Ducks can swim, fly, and walk. They walk with a waddle. Male ducks and female ducks look significantly different from each other. Ducks have three types of feathers. They are contour, flight, and down. Contour feathers act like shingles on a roof to protect ducks from wind and water.

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Making Connections


What part of the evolution of birds surprised you the most? Please explain your answer.


Have you read any other books about animal evolution? What did the evolution of those animals have in common with bird evolution?


There are thousands of species of birds in the world. With the help of an adult, look up information about your favorite one. Write a short paragraph about your favorite bird.

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