Areas of Expertise
- Animal locomotion
- Comparative morphology
This module follows on from the introduction to vertebrates in the Level 4 Animal Diversity, Form and Function module, providing detail on form and function in vertebrates that spend all or part of their life cycle on land. Aspects of tetrapod behaviour, morphology and physiology will be considered in terms of adaptation and evolutionary constraint. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of birds and mammals by means of dissection, inference of the phylogenetic relationships between avian species, and an exploration of how beak morphology affects ecological niche in birds. Overall, students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of tetrapod types and an insight into the fundamental importance of metabolic rate in animals.
In this module the students will learn how to: * perform a literature search in order to establish what has already been published in the selected subject area * appreciate the safety considerations of scientific research by completing appropriate audits of the materials and methods involved * investigate a problem in environmental biology in which hypotheses can be generated and tested with the application of appropriate statistical analysis * acquire a range of skills in the conduct of scientific research * integrate material from the literature with the results obtained from the research carried out into an effective dissertation * present their proposed methods and main results to peers