GESTATION - Key information
What is gestation?
Nearly all mammals are viviparous. This means that they give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs. The time between the fertilisation of the egg cell and the birth of the offspring is called the gestation period.
During the gestation period, the offspring develops inside the mother's womb. It starts off as a single cell called a zygote and then develops into an embryo composed of many cells. As time goes on, the embryo becomes a foetus, with more recognisable features such as skin, bones, blood and organs.
The fully-developed baby (animal, including humans) exits the mother's body at the end of the gestation period. Gestation periods are different for different mammals.
Cut and paste the printed images of the animals into the gestation table. Then use the internet or reference books if you have them to find out the average number of babies each animal has per pregnancy and its average life span. Record your findings in the gestation table.
Once you have completed all the facts in the gestation table, answer question 4 - 10.
You may need an adult to help you with this. Look at the information you found out about gestation periods, analyse it and try to spot whether or not there are any patterns. What do you notice? There aren't any answers to this activity. It's up to you (the scientist) to hypothesise and make links, if there are any.