Inanimate and animate matter differ in many ways. Perhaps the most evident distinction between them is the way in which the structure of each type of matter grows.
Inanimate, crystalline matter grows by addition of identical units of atoms or molecules, as when salt crystals grow out of a saturated solution in water.
Animate matter tends to grow by forming structures that are similar but not identical to each other: a mollusk grows its spiral shell by adding a succession of chambers or segments similar in shape but of increasing size. Even when this “self-similar” growth is not visible, it can be inferred through the length ratios of one body part to another, which stay approximately the same over the life of the organism as it grows.
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