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Introducing mammals
Introducing mammals

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the distinctive biological features of monotremes

  • distinguish contrasting modes of reproduction in monotremes, marsupials and placental mammals

  • describe the cellular basis of lactation and explain the benefits of an early diet of milk

  • explain the significance of mammalian metabolic rate

  • explain how and why the thermogenic response differs among species.