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Reading Comprehension Words

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Core
Noun The basic, central, or lasting part
Probably the most significant conclusion she reached from her research was that the stable core of baboon troops isn't the powerful adult males, as had been originally thought
Sever
Verb Break or cut off
A young baboon's physical independence from its mother does not sever their relationshop
Supplement
Verb Add to
But since they have to comepete with other animals for this food, they supplement their diet with berries, seeds, roots, pods, and flowers, which they pick with their nimble hands
Grant
Noun Funds to study; a scholarshop
Strum had been in Kenya now for sixteen months on a grant to do research for her doctoral thesis
Stable
Adjective Fixed, steadfast, and firmly established
Probably the most significant conclusion she reached from her research was that the stable core of baboon troops isn't the powerful adult males, as had been originally thought
Diverse
Verb Varied; composed of many kinds
Strum found that her "Pumphouse Gang" had a very diverse diet, which enabled them to survive bad times when other wildlife in the area died
Averse
Noun Having a distaste for or dislike of something
They also enjoy insects and are not averse to a good piece of meat now and then
Predation
Noun an act of seizing and devouring
Shirley was suprised to see baboons hunt as much as they did for previous reports had indicated little predation
Primate
Noun An order of mammals that include human beings, monkeys, apes, and others
By continuing our observations of nonhuman primate behavior, Strum thinks we can gain a better understanding of ourselves
Endure
Verb To continue in the same way; to last
With baboons, as with humans, emotional bonds endure