The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This free course, Studying mammals: A winning design, explores some of the features, such as reproduction, lactation and thermoregulation methods, that mammals have in common. It is the first in a series of ten Studying mammals courses.
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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.
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