Free course

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

Free statement of participation on completion

David Attenborough looks at life in the trees: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. In this free course, Studying mammals: Life in the trees, you will learn how lemurs, anteaters, bears and many others have developed different methods to help movement and survival.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the common features shown by tree-dwelling mammals from different groups
  • show an awareness of the difficulties of classifying primates, especially in relation to the position of the prosimians
  • give an account of opportunities and challenges encountered by tree-dwelling mammals and of evolved adaptations linked with arboreal life
  • provide examples of the closeness (and sometimes interdependence) of the relationship between tree dwellers and their habitat
  • show an awareness of differences in lifestyle and forms of locomotion amongst a wide range of prosimians.