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