What is an example the characteristics of living things practice problem?

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Apr 23, 2018

The characteristics that all living things share are cells, growth, reproduction, adaptation, homeostasis, use of energy and response to the environment.


Reproduction either sexually or asexually is another characteristic of living things. This is the ability to produce offspring.

Adaptation means that living things alter themselves to adjust to their changing environments. Fur on animals, fins on fish.

Living organisms also take in and use energy. Plants take in the energy from the sun and use it to produce food, and animals eat other organisms.

Living organisms respond to their environment. A rock will not move if it is stepped on because it is not living, but a living thing, such as a cat, will respond to being stepped on by moving and letting out a cry.

All living things share life processes such as growth and reproduction. Most scientists use seven life processes or characteristics to determine whether something is living or non-living.

The table in the following reference describes seven characteristics of most living things and contains references to earthworms to explain why we can definitely say that they are 'living'.

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