BIOL 463

Mammalian Evolution (Winter)



Instructors:
V. Millien
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4849     
virginie.millien@mcgill.ca
Workload:
3 credits (2-3-4)
Prerequisite:
BIOL 305 or WILD 350 or permission of the instructor.
Content:

This course will provide the students with detailed knowledge of the origin, evolutionary history, diversity and adaptation of mammal species to their environment.  Beside a systematic review of fossil and living orders of mammals, aspects of mammalian paleoecology, functional morphology and adaptation will also be explored. The course will use the extensive collections and exhibits of the Redpath Museum as a resource for weekly laboratories.

Section 1 - Definition, Origin, Systematic of recent and extinct orders of mammals

Section 2 - Overview of the modern orders of placental mammals

Section 3 - Adaptation and paleoecology of mammals

       
Readings:
 
There is no text book or course pack.
 
Method:
 
2 hours of lecture and a 3-hour lab each week.
 
 
Evaluation:
 
Final exam, weekly lab quizzes, team assignment with oral presentation.  

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity/ for more information).

Last update: March 9, 2016