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April 16, 2022


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The powerful and majestic carnivores are the focus of many television documentaries.

In this course, Studying mammals: Meat eaters, we will delve into the lives of these fearsome hunters and explore their physical adaptations and social behaviour. This is the fifth course in the Studying mammals series.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe some of the characteristic features of carnivores
  • Outline the dentition of carnivores and its link with diet
  • Outline some of the behavioural and sensory characteristics of carnivores, with examples
  • Explain, with examples, the roles that vision and smell play in the lives of carnivores
  • Explain the variety of ways in which carnivores assemble in groups.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • The hunters 00:15:00
    • Introducing the Carnivora 00:30:00
    • What are the common features of Carnivora? 01:00:00
    • Speed and endurance 00:25:00
    • Claws 00:03:00
    • Fur 00:10:00
    • Senses 00:10:00
    • Senses: vision 00:40:00
    • Senses: hearing 00:25:00
    • Senses: smell 00:20:00
    • The advantages 01:00:00
    • Aggression 00:30:00
    • Conclusion 00:03:00

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