Going into Exploring the Animal World
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The purpose of this class is to introduce you to the wide world of animals by studying the different invertebrate phyla and vertebrate classes in-depth. You will be responsible for learning the main characteristics of each and be able to identify them based on specimens. Below are links to a wide variety of resources - Please take some time to explore a few that interest you!
  1. Life Sciences at Science 360 features 120+ videos on bats, bed bugs, bird wings, butterflies, brain mapping, evolution, football science, genetics, gorillas, jellyfish, mitochondria, orangutans, red-eyed tree... (National Science Foundation)
  2. Smithsonian National Zoological Park provides fact sheets and photos for many of the 2,400 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and invertebrates at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Conservation and Research... (National Zoo, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
  3. Secret Lives of Wild Animals looks at new technologies being used to observe animals in their natural environments. See video clips and stories about tracking white-tailed deer, ocelots, agoutis, dragonflies... (National Science Foundation)
  4. Tree of Life offers photos, descriptions, and other information documenting the diversity of the world's organisms. Learn about animals, arthropoda, eukaryotes, flowering plants, fungi, and... (Tree of Life Project, supported by National Science Foundation)
  5. Animal Diversity Web is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods... (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, supported by National Science Foundation)
  6. Under the Spell of ... Spiders! looks at physical features and unusual habits of these arachnids -- their two main body parts, their eyes, senses, sensitivity to vibrations, silk webs, how they catch and eat their... (Smithsonian Institution)
  7. Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers and Crawlers examines misconceptions about herps (the collective name given to reptiles and amphibians), how herps have been viewed throughout history, and how reptiles and amphibians are similar... (Smithsonian Institution)
  8. Bears of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Electronic Field Trip presents 40 photos of grizzlies and black bears fishing, traveling with their cubs, and in various other activities and habitats... (National Park Service)