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The Human Ecological Niche

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The local environment in which an organism lives is its habitat. An organism's niche is its role in the environment which includes what it eats, what eats it, what organisms it competes with, and how the abiotic components interact and influence it. A human being is the only organism that has the ability to alter its habitat, and is found at the top of the food chain.

Think about your personal habitat and niche. What is the typical habitat of a human? Describe the niche of Homo sapiens.

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NOTE TO STUDENT: What follows is a series of thoughts that should prove helpful as you develop this topic. I do not necessarily recommend it be used as the answer, per se, and I'm sure you can think of more examples that would illustrate your personal habitat, as asked by the question. The reply I have given here should be an excellent jumping-off point for your ideas, though!

Humans, due to our adaptability, are able to occupy a wide variety of habitats. This is in stark contrast to other forms of life, and it is illustrated marvelously by the fact that we don't quite have a "typical" habitat. Consider for example that there are humans that live in forests, in cities, in the deserts, in the arctic, in the sea (sailors in submarines, for example), and even in space. Through our use of technology, humans are able to meld the environment to be suitable to us, despite our relatively weak bodies. Other animals are typically more suited to their environment, like the case of camels who can store excess water for later use.

In these ways, it is difficult to ascertain specifically what the habitat of humans is, at least as far as the environment ...

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This solution explored typical habits of humans and the niches that accompany them.

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