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What kinds of traits improve an organism's changes of survival?

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Traits that help ensure an organism’s survival include adaptability, mobility and a well-developed central nervous system. A well-developed central nervous system enables an organism to develop senses. The ability to hear, taste, smell, see and feel are definite advantages that increase an organism’s chances of survival. The ability to see, smell, hear or otherwise sense prey ensures the organism is able to obtain nourishment.

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Being able to see, smell, hear or otherwise sense danger or predators enables the organism to flee or respond in the most effective way of ensuring its survival. Mobility, or the ability of an organism to move, is essential for ensuring an organism’s survival. Mobility allows the organism to find food rather than wait for it and provides the ability to flee from danger. It allows organisms to travel to more hospitable environments during certain seasons of the year and to travel to breeding grounds to mate.

The trait of adaptability is perhaps the most important as it allows an organism to respond to change in its environment. It enables certain organisms to develop special features or mutations that ensure the survival of the species. Mutations may take the form of protecting the organism, such as the quills of a porcupine or the fur of a polar bear, or developing methods of eluding predators, such as chameleons, or developing methods of surviving in harsh environments, such as camels in the desert or bears hibernating in winter.

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