Paul Andersen briefly surveys members of the Domain Animalia. He begins with brief description of the phylogeny of animals. He then describes the characteristics of all animals, heterotrophy, multicellularity, motility and blastula. He describes eight invertebrates and vertebrates.
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Uses the symbiotic relationship between a fish and a sea cucumber to address life history, ecology and evolution of these organisms.
Uses unique deep-sea fish species to address fish biology, evolution, and ecology.
Covers violent behavior in primates and how this relates evolutionarily to humans. Looks at the scientific method and assumptions and prejudices people have brought to research.
Covers the importance of soft-bodied fossils and what scientists learn from them, also looks at the fossil record, fossilization and adaptive radiations.
Covers invertebrates and how they act on a slower time scale than other animals. Seeks to get students to consider how other animals perceive the world and how this can inform studies of all animals.
Looks at velvet worms as an example of an old body form that still persists in some ecosystems. Seeks to get students to consider the basis of science and question their existing perceptions on the organization of life.
Looks at giant isopods as a vehicle to investigate conditions in the deep-sea, how these animals adapt to these conditions, and how these adaptation are similar to adaptations seen on islands.
This study guides look at animals and their characteristics, animal cells, nine major phyla of animals, invertebrates versus vertebrates, and major points of animal evolution.
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