Understanding Evolution

What is an arthropod?

We're going to take a closer look at this amazing group of animals called arthropods. You are familiar with a wide variety of arthropods from seeing them in your daily life. Have you thought about what they all have in common?

Dinner is ruined

Arthropods are a lot more than just delicious feasts and disgusting pests. Before we go too far, we need to figure out exactly what an arthropod is.

In this section, we will explore these key questions:
  • What is an arthropod?

  • Why do all arthropods share certain key characteristics?

OK, let's dive right in!


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