Pine cones carry the seeds of pine trees, but they are also a clever adaptation for getting new pine trees planted. Small rodents, like squirrels and chipmunks, carry cones away to strip the scales off for the seeds inside. This gets the seeds out and ready to grow as soon as they hit the ground. Any seeds that the animal doesn't eat are ready to start a new pine tree!
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