Definition of hatchling
: a recently hatched animal
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The hatchlings were found at the bottom of a nest, unable to escape in 2011, and scooped out by turtle rescuers.
Temperature determines turtle sex and Florida researchers have found nests have been producing more and more female hatchlings.
Unlike modern birds, this newborn hatchling is from a now-extinct branch of the family tree called Enantiornithines.
The hatchling belonged to a major group of birds known as enantiornithes, which went extinct along with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago.
To determine who had fathered the 92 tortoise hatchlings, the researchers used a process of elimination.
Even the nurturing pelican exhibits self-preservation and will not harm itself to feed its hatchlings.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday, May 24, 2017, that the species is showing signs of recovery along Oregon’s southern coast but this is the first hatchling in the Nehalem Bay area in Tillamook County.
The chick was the first hatchling spotted in the area along the state’s northern coast since the 1960s.
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Definition of hatchling for English Language Learners
: a recently hatched animal : a very young bird, fish, etc., that has just come out from an egg
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