How the Dormits Evolved Long Backs

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Dormits are adorable creatures with their floppy ears and dappled fur. They spend their days foraging among the trees for their favorite food, nuts! But then the countryside freezes over and the nuts are no longer plentiful—they only grow on the very tops of the trees. Find out what this means for the dormit species as the animals navigate their changed environment over time. Paired with “How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses” the dormits’ story offers children a robust introduction to the most central of evolutionary principles, natural selection.


The Child Cognition Lab is a team of researchers at Boston University who study various dimensions of child development. Deb Kelemen is the Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University where she directs the Child Cognition Lab. Based in Boston but born in London, she speaks regularly in workshops, schools and universities.