The majority of the world’s known mammals are placental mammals. Placental mammals are specified by the presence of a placenta that enables the advanced development of the young before birth, a more developed brain, and some other skeletal features. Examples of placental mammals are humans, primates, bats, cats, dogs, ruminants, and rodents. Placental mammals comprise around 95% of the 5,220 species of known mammals. In contrast, marsupials are born at an embryonic stage of development. They then develop to independence by attaching firmly to the teat of the mothers. Teat may be external or throughout most marsupials covered by pouches of varying degrees of development until full pouches found in species like kangaroos.
There are ten lessons in this course:
2. Anatomy and Physiology
4. Health & Disease
5. Marsupial Carnivores
6. The Diprotodontia -Kangaroos
7. Other Diprotodontia
9. Other Marsupials
10. Marsupial Conservation and Management
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learn about the origin and classification of marsupials.
Identify common external anatomical features in marsupials.
Learn about better managing marsupials