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Animal & Mammalian Physiology

Animal & Mammalian Physiology resources.

Animals in extremes: polar biology

This unit explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. 

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Animals in extremes: hibernation and torpor

This unit examines the differences between hibernation and torpor, and discusses the characteristic signs of hibernation behaviour. 

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Animals at extremes: the desert environment

This unit looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there.

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Surviving the winter

This unit introduces on how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter.

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Hot topics in animal locomotion research

Methods of locomotion vary greatly across the animal kingdom according to size, number of legs and evolutionary niche. 

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Studying mammals: a winning design

This unit explores some of the features, such as reproduction, lactation and thermoregulation methods, that mammals have in common. 

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Studying mammals: the opportunists

 This unit examines the physiology, diet and strategies of some of these opportunistic feeders. It is the sixth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.

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Studying mammals: return to the water

This unit we will see how these formerly land-based mammals adapted to a return to the water, discussing such challenges as breathing, movement and communication. 

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