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Animals and Lifecycles - Living Things

Scientist using a microscopeEarth has many, many different living things. Some are so small you need a microscope to see them!

Scientists divide living things into types. Some types of living things are:

  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Fungi (for example mushrooms, yeasts, moulds)
  • Bacteria and viruses (for example viruses that give us a cold, or bacteria in our stomachs that help us digest food).

Red Panda, animalSaguerro Cactus, plantMushrooms, FungiBacteria

All living things are alike in some ways. They all:

  • Digest food
  • Grow
  • Reproduce or have young
  • Respond or react to things around them
  • Change when their environment, or where they live, changes.

When people study or learn about living things we say they are studying Biology.

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