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Structure 1 .1 System size The size of systems at this level ranges from
microscopic plants and animals to the giant trees like Sequoiadendron
giganteum that attain a height of more than 83 meters (m) and trunk diameters of
more than 9 m.1 ...
3.1 SUBSYSTEMS WHICH PROCESS BOTH MATTER-ENERGY AND
INFORMATION 3.1.1 Reproducer. In fungi, spore-bearing organs; in plants,
stamens, pistils, seeds, and their accessory structures, such as fruits and seed
pods; in animals, ...
Skeletons, either the exoskeletons of such animals as crabs, lobsters, and insects
, or the endoskeletons of higher vertebrates, are components of this subsystem.
The human skeleton consists of 206 bones supplemented by some cartilage.
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TABLE 11 The 19 Critical Subsystems of a Living System
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