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March 14, 2017
by Jonathan Tweet
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Tetrapulmonata: Fangs, Silk, and Feelers

In the Clades game, the arthropods of the land are represented by tetrapulmonates (“four-lungs”), specifically an orb-weaver spider, a tarantula, and an amblypygid. Tetrapulmonates evolved from one line of trigonotarbids, the first arachnids adapted to air-breathing (about 400 million years … Continue reading

December 2, 2016
by Jonathan Tweet
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Malacostraca: From the Sea Floor to Under a Log

The arthropods of the water are a crab, a lobster, and a woodlouse, together representing the most recognizable branch of crustaceans, the malacostracans. Lobsters and their relatives are distinct from other crustaceans in that mothers incubate their eggs, which are … Continue reading

November 15, 2016
by Jonathan Tweet
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Supraprimates: Climbers, Chewers, and Walkers

In the Clades game, the mammals of the land are represented by suprapimates, also known as Euarchontoglires. A squirrel represents rodents, a rabbit represents lagomorphs, and a child represents primates. Like most sorts of mammals, these animals diversified soon after … Continue reading

October 24, 2016
by Jonathan Tweet
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Whippomorphs: Big, Swimming Mammals

The mammals of the water are whippomorphs, represented by a blue whale, a dolphin, and a hippopotamus. The term “whippomorph” means “whale-hippo shape”, and it proves that scientists have a sense of humor. As with many sorts of modern mammal, … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
by Jonathan Tweet
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Lizards and Snakes Form a Scaly Clade: Squamata

In Clades, the sauropsids of the earth are squamates, comprising all lizards and snakes. “Squamate” means scaly, and their scales distinguish them from turtles, birds, and crocodiles. These other sauropsids have scutes, which are made of bone and horn, but … Continue reading

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