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Potential assignment for the new Ecological Physiology class April 27, 2010

Posted by Dr. O in Behavior, Biology, Fun, Neuroscience, Physiology, Science Education.
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MU Science Students as possible Guest Bloggers?

What do you think?  Perhaps my students should star as “guest writers” to this blog , the Animal Review, who’s blog owners “grade” animals based on their wacky adaptations.  Seems a perfect way to celebrate the diversity of physiology in the animal world.  I might just use this as an assignment for Physiological Ecology-BIO 305 in the Spring of 2012

Who needs a brain? (this coming from a neuroscientist…)

After checking out the Animal Review, I for one would have given the jellyfish a “B” and the comb jellies (Ctenophora) an “A+” for living in a “society” and incorporating “tool use” with out a true brain.

The beautiful comb jelly

I would also give the angler fish a solid B+ or A-.  The ladies are okay in their own skin and definitely wear the pants in the relationship.  After all… males are basically no better than parasites.

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