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Mammalogy - The Study of Mammals | Semester Course (14-18)

Oliver Dunn
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An overview of mammals including the diversity, evolution, anatomy, reproduction, development, behaviour, and conservation issues.

Class Experience

10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction, History, Evolution, Biogeography
Embark on a comprehensive journey encompassing Introduction, History, Evolution, and Biogeography to lay the foundation of our exploration into the fascinating world of zoology.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Structure and Function aka Anatomy and Physiology
Peer into the intricacies of Structure and Function, delving deep into the Anatomy and Physiology of various mammalian species.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Monotremes, Metatheria, and Insectivora
Encounter the unique monotremes, metatheria, and insectivores, from the enigmatic platypus and echidna to the iconic kangaroos and koalas, as well as shrews and moles.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Chiroptera, Primates, and Xenarthra
Traverse the diverse realms of Chiroptera, Primates, and Xenarthra, exploring the aerial acrobatics of bats, the playful antics of lemurs and monkeys, and the slow-paced lives of anteaters and sloths.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Carnivora, Rodentia and Lagomorpha, Paenungulata
Unravel the carnivorous lifestyles of Carnivora, the prolific reproduction of Rodentia and Lagomorpha, and the majestic presence of Paenungulata, from tigers and bears to rabbits and manatees.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla, Cetacea
Embark on an exploration of Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla, and Cetacea, encountering the powerful rhinos, graceful giraffes, and the enigmatic world of whales and dolphins.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Communication, Parental Care, Mating Systems, and Social Behaviour
Dive into the realms of Communication, Parental Care, Mating Systems, and Social Behaviour, unraveling the complexities of mammalian interactions and societies.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Dispersal, Habitat Selection, Migration, Populations, and Life Histories
Explore Dispersal, Habitat Selection, Migration, Populations, Life Histories, and Community Ecology, delving into the dynamics that shape mammalian populations and communities.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Parasites and Diseases, Domestication, and Domesticated Mammals
Investigate the intricate relationships between Parasites and Diseases, the history of Domestication, and the roles of Domesticated Mammals in human societies.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Careers, Conservation, and Final Wrap-Up
Reflect on potential Careers in zoology, delve into the critical aspects of Conservation, and conclude our journey with a comprehensive Final Wrap-Up, celebrating the wonders of the mammalian world.
  • The specific learning goals for Mammalogy are to provide students with a working knowledge of fundamental principles in mammalogy while also bringing them entertainment through a unique form of instruction.
With nearly thirteen years of experience in the zoo and aquarium community, Oliver has a wealth of practical knowledge to help learners succeed in their career goals. Oliver has helped with projects around the world from rehabilitating injured seabirds in South Africa to tracking tigers in central India. Currently, Oliver is the Content & Community Operations Manager for zoolife.tv
Homework Offered
Weekly Exercises, tasks, supplemental videos, and engaging activities will be posted weekly.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Optional quizzes, investigations, and tasks will be provided throughout the semester to supplement the class and allow learners to build upon what they have learned in lecture.
Grades Offered
A certificate of completion and/or a letter grade can be provided upon request.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Joined May, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Science
Master's Degree in Science
Bachelor's Degree in Science
Oliver Dunn is a zoologist who focuses on conservation through education by working in the zoo and aquarium field. A lifelong animal conservationist, Oliver has helped with projects around the world from rehabilitating injured seabirds in South... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-10 learners per class

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