The Endothermic Vertebrates

Objectives for the chapter and helpful videos/songs/charts are listed below. This is not an all inclusive list of the content, but it is an excellent place to start or review! The videos are used as a study tool and may cover more or less than what we will cover in class. I will not test you on anything we did not cover in class, unless stated otherwise.


Class Aves: The Birds

Bird Characteristics 18.1 (Pg. 428-431)

  1. List characteristics of class Aves that distinguish its members from most other vertebrates
  2. Name the features and functions of birds that enable flight
  3. Describe the structure of the typical flight feather, using appropriate terminology

Bird Systems 18.2 (Pg. 431-434)

  1. Trace the movement of food through a bird’s digestive tract
  2. Compare a bird’s respiratory and circulatory systems with those of the ectothermic vertebrates
  3. Relate the sizes of the lobes in a bird’s brain with the significance of its various senses

Bird Family Life 18.3 (Pg. 434-439)

  1. Describe the structure of a typical bird egg
  2. Distinguish between and give examples of precocial and altricial chicks
  3. Name some advantageous of migration for birds

Class Mammalia: The Mammals

Characteristics of Mammals 18.4 (Pg. 439-445)

  1. List and describe the defining characteristics of the class Mammalia
  2. Name the three main types of mammal teeth and their functions
  3. Distinguish between the three main types of mammalian reproduction
  4. Give examples of both marsupials and monotremes

Classification of Placental Mammals 18.5 (Pg. 445-452)

  1. List and describe traits that distinguish Primates from other mammalian orders
  2. Compare the ten other mammalian orders covered in the text, giving several distinguishing traits for each

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