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Sharlene E. Santana Mata
BIOL 448
Seattle Campus

Mammalogy

Studies evolutionary patterns, ecology, behavior, physiology, and taxonomy of mammals. Relies on a comparative, systems approach to understand the major trends and mechanisms maintaining the diversity in form and function in mammals. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, or BIOL 356.

Class description

This class will introduce you to the evolutionary patterns, ecology, behavior, physiology and taxonomy of mammals. We will combine lectures, class discussions, group work and hands-on activities to explore these topics. We will rely on a comparative, systems approach to understand the major evolutionary trends and the mechanisms maintaining the diversity in form and function in mammals. As a student, you will be expected to read from the textbook and the primary literature. At the end of the class, you should be able to explain major features in mammalian evolution, identify mammalian specimens at a general level, and predict food habits, locomotor mode and habitat from an examination of anatomy.

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Last Update by Sharlene E. Santana Mata
Date: 09/13/2013