BIOLOGY 4429 -MAMMALOGY
 Fall 2017

Mammalogy, the course that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

#lecture_schedule -- Laboratory schedule

Dr. Jon A. Baskin
Office: Kleberg Hall 116 -- Telephone: 361 593-3580 -- e-mail: kfjab02 <at> tamuk,edu
Baskin's home page:  http://users.tamuk.edu/kfjab02/

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Antilocapra americana the totem of the American Society of Mammalogists
photograph 2000 by Dr. Allan H. Chaney

OFFICE HOURS:  9-11:30 M, W, F; or by appointment or by appointment. I may be available during the mammalogy laboratory (KLBH 120) M afternoon, if time permits. University duties, such as committee meetings, may prevent me from being in my office. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to me before or after class or phone or email me at the office for an appointment.

THE INTERNET: You should visit this website regularly for further information, outlines, handouts, and links to other sites of interest.  Here are a few of the more important INTERNET Resources for mammalogy

Course description:  Classification, distribution, life histories, economic importance, techniques of field study, method of collection, and preservation of mammals.

   OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the identification, systematics, life history, and adaptive strategies of the Mammalia and to expose them to field techniques used in their study. For further information about course objectives, click here.

Required Text
  • Vaughan, T. A., J. M. Ryan, and N. J. Czaplewski. 2014. Mammalogy. 6h edition Jones and Bartlett; ISBN-13: 9781284032093
    Paperback 756 pages.
  • Available as an e-book from Amazon;
  • 180 day e-book rental CourseSmart;
  • The 5th edition is adequate.  Older editions are not useful.

 

 Recommended Texts

  • Schmidly, D. J. and Bradley 2016. The Mammals of Texas. University of Texas Press.
  • Davis, W. B. and D. J. Schmidly.1994. The Mammals of Texas. [out of print]
  • Feldhamer, G. A., L. C. Drickamer, S. H. Vessey, J. F. Merritt, and C.Krajewski. 2014. Mammalogy: adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 4th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Martin, R. E., Pine, R., and DeBlase, A. F. 2000.Manual of Mammalogy 3nd edition.
  • Elbroch, M. 2006. Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species
  • Kays, R. W. and Wilson, D. E. 2002. Mammals of North America. Princeton University Press.
  • Jones, J. K., Jr. and R. W. Manning. 1992. Illustrated key to skulls of genera of North American mammals. Texas Tech University Press, iv + 75 pp.
  • Lawlor,T.E. 1979. Handbook to the orders and families of living mammals. Mad River Press, Eureka, CA
  • Wilson, D. E. and D. M. Reeder (eds.). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2,142 pp.
  •  
  • Thanks to the internet, you have a variety of options to consider when it comes to buying a textbook. 
  • More References on Mammals

    Grading: Your grade will be determined in the following manner:

    Exam 1 ............................  100 points
    Exam 2 ............................  100 points
    Exam 3 ............................  100 points
    Exam 4 ............................  100 points
    Final Exam .......................  200 points
    Lab Midterm ....................  100 points
    Lab Final ..........................  100 points

                            Total                                   800 points

  • Please keep all of your tests and assignments, in case there is a question concerning your grade in the course. Grades will be awarded according to the regulations on pages 67-68 of the 2014-2016 catalog. The last day to drop the course with an automatic grade of Q is Oct 29. After Oct 29, you cannot be awarded a Q and you will receive a grade based on your average. It is up to you to take care of all the necessary paperwork.
  • Lecture Exams: The FOUR lecture exams and the FINAL exam will cover notes given in class and pertinent information from the textbook. Some notes will come from sources other than the text. The examinations will consist mainly of multiple choice and short answer questions, definitions, characterizations, lists, and annotated classifications. The first four exams will be over material covered during the exam period. The final lecture exam is COMPREHENSIVE, giving you the opportunity to synthesize various topics covered during the semester.  Here are my old examinations.  This year, there may be 30-50 points of multiple choice questions on the midterm examinations.

    Exam 1.   Review for test 1  Fall 1996  1998   1999   2000  2001 2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013 2014

    Exam 2.   Review for test 2  Fall 1996  1998   1999   2000  2001 2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011 2012

    Exam 3.   REVIEW SHEET Fall 1996  1998   1999   2000 2001 2002   2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009 2010  2011  2012

    Andrew Mason's Excel table showing families by niche and zoogeographic regions.  This table is not perfect and also includes families not covered in lecture. 

    Laboratory Grade: The laboratory grade is based on the lab midterm and final.

    Lab Safety:    You are required to complete the current version of on-line safety training.  You will  be dropped from the class on the 12th class day if you have not completed the training.  Follow the attached the instructions to access Blackboard.

    MAKE UP POLICY There will be NO make-ups for missed lecture or laboratory exams. It takes a significant amount of time to set up a lab practical and we are only willing to do it one time per exam. If you miss one lecture examination, the percent score on the final will be substituted for the missed test. You will receive a zero for any additional missed exams. In the case of crises and emergencies (that you can document and that are considered a valid excuse by your instructor), talk to me (or phone me) before the exam and more flexible arrangements can be scheduled.  BONUS: If you take all three lecture exams, you may substitute your lowest grade with the final exam grade, if the final exam grade is better.

    FIELD TRIPS: Field trips if any are optional.  Before participating, you are required to sign the waivers of liability and complete the exercise demonstrating that you are aware of and accept the potential dangers associated with this sort of activity

    San Antonio Zoo, Saturday in November

    TENTATIVE DATES: will be announced in class

    OTHER: The student handbook is available online for further information. http://www.tamuk.edu/dean/dean_files/studenthandbook.pdf

    Talking or other disruptive behavior during lecture will not be tolerated.

    Academic dishonesty includes giving, receiving, or using unauthorized aid on any academic work. This includes a person who has taken a test discussing what was on a test with a person who has not taken the test. Any student guilty of cheating or plagiarism will receive a grade of F.

    Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Services for Students with Disabilities Office early in the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Sexual harassment policy

    6 drop policy

     

    Tentative Lecture Schedule

    Week of

    Topic

    Vaughan  Chapter, [Pages]

    Aug 23

    Introduction
        Classification
        Phylogeny relations
        Biogeographic regions
        
    Convergence

    1
    1
    1
    [577-579; 594-596  
    1, [myrmecophagy: Fig. 25.7]

     

    Chapter 1 is availlable from Jones and Bartlet
    REVIEW QUESTIONS WEEK 1

    Aug 28

    Mammalian Origins

    2

     

    REVIEW QUESTIONS WEEK 2

    Sept 6

    Mammalian Characteristics
    REVIEW QUESTIONS WEEK 3
     Mammalian Classification
    Monotremes
           reproduction
    REVIEW QUESTIONS Monotremes

    3

    4
    5
    5, [373-376]

    Sept 11

    Marsupials
           locomotion
           feeding
           reproduction
    The Marsupial Placental dichotomy

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Marsupials

    EXAM 1 (Sept 15)

    6
    6, [433-436]
    6
    6, [376-377, 381-382]
    6

    Sept 18

    Eutherian Mammals
    The Xenarthra: Cingulata & Pilosa
          myrmecophagy
          folivory;
        reproduction
    Pholidota

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Xenarthra and Pholidota

    7
    10: [145-149]
     Fig 25-7
      [149]
      [147]
    10: [150]

    Sept 25

    Rodentia
        feeding
        water conservation
        behavior, population cycles
    Lagomorpha
    REVIEW QUESTIONS Glires

    13: [188-230]
          [529-530]
          [438-444]
          [494-497, 554]
    13: [224-229, 494]

    Oct 2

    Dermoptera
       gliding (glissant)
    Scandentia

    11: [154-156]

    11: [156-157]

    Oct 9

    Primates
       feeding, locomotion
       conservation

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Archonta

    12
    12
    []

    Oct  13

    Exam 2

     

    Oct 16

    Insectivora:
       Erinaceomorpha & Soricomorpha

           Eimer's organs
           Fossorial Adaptations
           Insectivory

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Eulipotyphla


    14
    Figs. 14-15, -16
    Figs. 14-13, -14

    Oct 23

    Chiroptera
         flying (volant)
         diet
         adaptations to cold
         reproduction
    REVIEW QUESTIONS Chiroptera

    15
    [247-254]
    15
    [246, 393]
    [393-396]

     

     

     

    Oct 30

    Carnivora
        feeding, locomotion

        adaptations to cold
         reproduction
    REVIEW QUESTIONS Carnivora

    16
    Figs. 16-7; 17-6; 17.8
    [419]
    [392-95, 397-398]
     

     

    EXAM 3 ( Nov 3)

     

    Nov 1

    Last day you can drop the course with a Q

     

    Nov 6

    Perissodactyla
         feeding

         Locomotion
         conservation 

    17
    [317]
    Figs. 17-6, 17-7
    .

    Nov 13

    Artiodactyla
        feeding
        adaptations to heat
        conservation

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Ungulates

    18
    [333-34]
    [436-438]

     Nov 17

    Cetacea
       Classification

    19

    Nov 20

     Cetacea
       Conservation

    REVIEW QUESTIONS Cetacea

    19

    Nov 23

    Thanksgiving (Nov 23)-24

     

    Nov 27

    Afrotheria
        Afrosoricida
        Macroscelidea

        Tubulidentata

    8
      [113-117]
      [117-120]
      [120-122]

     Dec 1

       EXAM 4  

      

     Dec 4

      Proboscidea,
         Hyracoidea

         Sirenia

     [124-131]
      [131-134]
      [134-137]

    Dec 13

    Final Exam: 10:40
    (check the final exam schedule yourself to make sure)

     

     

     

     

    Tentative Laboratory Schedule

     

     

    Week of

    Topic

    Pages

    Aug 28

      Lab Safety;  Skull and Skeleton   download a  pdf copy 

    M1:  6-1, 36-40.

    Sept 4

    LABOR DAY

     

    Sep 11

     Dentition:   download a pdf copy of today's lab and
    the feeding/locomotor adaptations adobe pdf handout.

     M: 13-20. ; 188-199

       

    Sept 18

    Orders & Families: monotremes, marsupials, xenarthrans, pholidotes .   Download a  pdf copy
    Mammals of Texas mammals   ONLINE opossum,  armadillo  

    M: 61-77, 103-108.

    Sept 25

     The Mammals of Texas - Online Edition: rodents; rabbits Download key to rodent lab specimens
    NMNH field guides to Texas rodents 

    S: 295-457

    Sept 26

    Orders & Families: rodents, lagomorphs.  Download a pdf copy

    M: 138-161, 135-137.

    Oct 2 review

    Oct 9

    LAB EXAM 1

    Oct 16

    Orders & Families: dermopterans, tupaiids, primates.     Download a PDF copy

    M: 83-84, 94-102

    Oct 23

    Orders & Families: insectivorans,  chiropterans,   Download a pdf copy of Insectivores, Bats
    The Mammals of Texas Online:  opossum, armadillo, bats, insectivores, rabbits
    DOWNLOAD: Key to Texas lab insectivorans, bats etc.
    Download Smithsonian NMNH field guides to Texas opossum, armadillo, insectivores, bats, rabbits

    M: 78-82, 85-93. 

      S2: 38-137.

    Oct 30

    Orders & Families: Carnivorans.     Download a Word copy

    M: 109-120

    Nov 6

    Texas Mammals: carnivorans    NMNH fieldguide to Texas carnivores.

    S2: 137-210

     

     

      

    Nov 13

    Orders & Families: ungulates, afrotheres.     Download a pdf  copy 

      M: 121-134, 162-179.0

    Nov  20

    Texas Mammals: ungulates; Key to Texas artiodactylsNMNH field guides to Texas artiodactyls,

      S: 137-295

    Nov 27

    Review

    Dec 4

    LAB EXAM 2

     

    1 Martin, Pine, DeBlase      2 Schmidly

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