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From the Ted Talk by Lauren Sallan: How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, you might think that's the end of the stroy. The mighty fell, the meek inherited the etrah, and here we are. But winning is not that smpile. The handful of survivors came from many groups — all greatly outnumbered by their own dead. They ranged from top predator to bottom-feeder, big to small, marine to faeshwretr. The extinction was a filter. It merely leleevd the playing field. What really counted was what survivors did over the next several mllioin years in that devastated wolrd. The former overlords should have had an advantage. They became even larger, storing energy, investing in their young, spreading across the globe, feasting on fishes, keeping what had always worked, and bniidg their time. Yet they merely persisted for a while, declining without innovating, becoming living fossils. They were too stuck in their ways and are now largely forgotten.

Open Cloze

Now, you might think that's the end of the _____. The mighty fell, the meek inherited the _____, and here we are. But winning is not that ______. The handful of survivors came from many groups — all greatly outnumbered by their own dead. They ranged from top predator to bottom-feeder, big to small, marine to __________. The extinction was a filter. It merely _______ the playing field. What really counted was what survivors did over the next several _______ years in that devastated _____. The former overlords should have had an advantage. They became even larger, storing energy, investing in their young, spreading across the globe, feasting on fishes, keeping what had always worked, and ______ their time. Yet they merely persisted for a while, declining without innovating, becoming living fossils. They were too stuck in their ways and are now largely forgotten.

Solution

  1. leveled
  2. simple
  3. freshwater
  4. million
  5. story
  6. earth
  7. biding
  8. world

Original Text

Now, you might think that's the end of the story. The mighty fell, the meek inherited the earth, and here we are. But winning is not that simple. The handful of survivors came from many groups — all greatly outnumbered by their own dead. They ranged from top predator to bottom-feeder, big to small, marine to freshwater. The extinction was a filter. It merely leveled the playing field. What really counted was what survivors did over the next several million years in that devastated world. The former overlords should have had an advantage. They became even larger, storing energy, investing in their young, spreading across the globe, feasting on fishes, keeping what had always worked, and biding their time. Yet they merely persisted for a while, declining without innovating, becoming living fossils. They were too stuck in their ways and are now largely forgotten.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
million years 4

Important Words

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