15:267 Animal Diversity [Cassone]

Prerequisite: 15:163 or permission of Instructor.

Modern animal life is thought to have arisen on Earth nearly 550 million years ago during the Cambrian period. We have described over 1.3 million living species with likely millions more left to be discovered. This course will provide students a broad appreciation of animal diversity. We will explore the ecology, form and function, life histories, and survival tactics deployed by the various animal phyla. Ultimately, students will find this course to be an exciting and eye-opening journey into the key innovations and evolution of our ancestors and animal relatives.