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Further Investigations: What is a Mammal?

  1. When the average person hears the word “animal” they often envision common mammals, such as cats and dogs, lions and bears. However, mammals form only a small subset of all animal species. Prepare a graphical diagram to illustrate the following:
    1. The number of vertebrate species compared to all animal species.
    2. The number of mammal species compare to all vertebrate species.
    3. The number of marine mammal species compared to all mammal species.
  2. Research the diversity of mammal species. Choose one family of mammals and write a brief essay describing their natural history including their range, habitat, behavior, diet, reproduction, etc.
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.