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The orders of mammals

The features that distinguish across the eight orders of mammals. Also included are animal adaptations.
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Marsupial
Mammals that have a pouch for rearing young.
Monotremes
The only mammals to lay eggs.
Ungulata
The only mammals to have hooves.
Cetacea
The only mammals to have a blow-hole specifically designed to inhale large quantities of air.
Chiroptera
The only mammals to have forelimbs modified as wings for sustained flight
Carnivora
These mammals have canines designed for tearing meat.
Rodentia
Mammals that have incisors that continually grow.
Primates
The only mammals to have a pair of opposing thumbs, curled fingers & fingernails.
Kangaroos, wallabies & wombats.
Examples of marsupials
Sheep, goats, cows & Llamas
Examples of ungulates
Echidnas & Platypus
Examples of monotremes
Bats
Examples of chiroptera
Humans, chimpanzees & apes
Examples of primates
Wolves, bears & tigers
Examples of carnivora
Rats, mice & capybaras
Examples of Rodentia
Whales
Examples of Cetacea
Structural adaptation
These are physical characteristics such as body coverings, teeth and physical movements that help an animal to survive.
Behavioural adaptation
These are activities such as social behaviours that help animals to survive.
Mimicry
A special form of adaptation where one animal looks or sounds like another animal to fool predators into thinking its poisonour or dangerous
Protective colouration
An adaptation where animals coat colouration and patterns blend in with the surrounding environment.
Migration
An adaptation where animals travel to other regions for a variety of reasons.
Hibernation
Animals that go into a long sleep to slow metabolism and conserve energy.