Ten characteristics distinguish an object or thing from an actual living organism. All 10 characteristics must be present simultaneously in order for something to be considered living.Shop Amazon – Used Textbooks – Save up to 90%
The following table lists four of the 10 characteristics that make up a living organism. Fill in the remaining six characteristics:
|Characteristics of a Living Organism|
|1. Composed of one or more cells|
|2. May evolve into a new type of organism|
|3. Carries out and controls a variety of chemical reactions|
|4. Produces offspring resembling itself|
|5. Are highly organized, complex entities|
|6. Contain a blueprint of their characteristics (a genetic program)|
|7. Acquire and use energy|
|8. Maintain a fairly constant internal environment|
|9. Respond to changes in their environments|
|10. Grow in size and change in appearance and abilities|
Pruitt, N. L., & Underwood, L. S. (2006). Bioinquiry: Making connections in biology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Use the table in Appendix B and fill in the missing characteristics that make up a living organism.