Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores

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Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores

Intro

Teeth can tell us a lot about the characteristics of an organism. Certain animals have teeth that are meant to pierce and rip apart flesh. Other animals have a large number of teeth that grind plant matter. Some animals will fall in between these two possibilities which allows them to perform both functions.

Omnivores are creatures that eat both plant and animal-based food sources
Carnivores are animals that eat meat based food sources
Herbivores are animals that eat plant-based food sources.

Sample Problem

What would humans be classified as?

omnivores


herbivores


carnivores


Solution

Humans have both molars(herbivores teeth) and incisors(carnivorous teeth). Therefore the human species is considered omnivorous.



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