BIOLOGY 443: EVOLUTION OF MAMMALS
I have been the TA for Biology 443: Evolution of Mammals for two quarters. This course covers the entire history of the mammalian lineage as recorded in the fossil record, from non-mammalian synapsids through current mammalian forms. I give occasional lectures to assist the main instructor, and lead a lab section that focuses on the morphological manifestations of the mammalian evolutionary trends discussed in lecture. Although the lab has a heavy focus on anatomy and terminology, I am particularly interested in encouraging students to think about mammalian structures from a three-dimensional, functional perspective, which is facilitated by the excellent extant and fossil mammal collections a the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. I also encourage my students to make lots of drawings - it really makes you pay close attention to every detail of the morphology, and diagramming evolutionary concepts (above, and gallery below) can go a long way to helping you remember them!