Biology 4429 - OBJECTIVES
What is Mammalogy
- the scientific study of mammals.
- What is a mammal?
Why Study Mammals
The objective of this course is to survey the phylogenetic relationships, diversity, and biology of the mammals. This will include understanding the following topics:
- characterization of the orders and families of the extant mammals.
- the evolutionary history of the various mammalian lineages
- morphological adaptations of mammals for feeding, locomotion, reproduction, etc.
- physiological adaptations of mammals for homeostasis and reproduction.
- behavioral adaptations of mammals for feeding, homeostasis,, reproduction, etc.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student
- should have a familiarity (recognition of general appearance, knowledge of distribution, and basic biology) with all the orders and most of the families of mammals of the world
- be exposed to interesting areas and techniques of research in mammalian biology (some of which will be eminently applicable to other animal groups)
- have the ability to identify most of the orders and families of mammals, particularly from cranial and dental characteristics.
- have the ability to identify many of the mammal species from Texas
- know how to capture and mark mammals.