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1 Characteristics of Mammals

2 Key Characteristics of Mammals
All mammals have the following in common: Are endothermic Hair Specialized teeth Females produce milk in mammary glands to nourish live young

3 Mammals and Hair Mammals are the only animals that have hair
Primary function of hair is insulation Other functions of hair include: Helping animals blend into their surroundings Using its hair for advertising Black and white hair on a skunk warns predators to stay away Specialized hair serve as a sensory function Whiskers on cats and dogs are sensitive to touch

4 Endothermy Mammals are endothermic (warm-blooded)
Are animals that can maintain a constant body temperature despite the changes in the environment Endothermy allows animals to live in cold environments

5 Endothermy Endothermy enables mammals to be very active
Movement for long periods of time requires a lot of energy and a high metabolism A mammal needs to eat 10x as much food as an ectotherm of similar sizes Metabolizing food requires a lot of oxygen

6 Endothermy The respiratory and circulatory systems of mammals are adapted to endothermy They acquire and distribute oxygen more efficiently than the respiratory and circulatory systems of ectoderms do

7 Respiratory System Mammal lungs have a larger surface area than reptiles and amphibians Mammals can exchange more oxygen and carbon dioxide in each breath

8 Respiratory System The Diaphragm aids mammals in breathing
The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity When the diaphragm contracts , the chest cavity enlarges and air is drawn into the lungs

9 Circulatory System Mammals have a four-chambered heart
A septum completely divides the ventricle The left ventricle pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body The right ventricle pumps oxygen-poor blood to the lungs Only the oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the tissues


11 Specialized Teeth Mammals eat many types of food
Mammals have specialized teeth that reflect the difference in their diets Mammalian teeth are continually lost and replaced Mammalians usually only have two sets of teeth Baby Teeth = the first set Permanent Teeth = the second set (not replaced)

12 Types of Teeth Most mammalians have four types of teeth
Each type of tooth performs a different function Incisors - Biting and cutting (Front teeth) Canines - Used for stabbing and holding (behind incisors) Premolars – Crushing and grinding (line the jaw) Molars- Crushing and grinding (line the jaw)


14 Types of Teeth Teeth of herbivores: Teeth of carnivores:
Small incisor- shaped canines Incisors and canines used to nip off pieces of plant material Premolars and molars are flat and covered with ridges to create a surface where plants can be ground Teeth of carnivores: Long canine teeth that are suited for grasping prey Sharp molars and premolars can cut off pieces of flesh

15 Parental Care Young mammals depend on their mother for a relatively long period of time They receive milk and other food Milk is produced in the mammary glands, which are located on the female’s chest or abdomen Protection shelter

16 Parental Care All mammals reproduce by internal fertilization
Mammals differ in how and where their fertilized eggs develop Mammals are classified into three groups based on their pattern of development Monotremes Marsupials Placental Mammals

17 Monotremes Monotremes are oviparous = reproduce by laying eggs
Eggs hatch quickly, and the mother stays with and nurses the young for several months There are only two alive today: Duckbill platypus & echidnas

18 Marsupials After fertilization, marsupial embryos remain inside their mother for only a few days or weeks The young crawl out of the mother, up the fur on her belly, and to her nipples, which are usually located inside a pouch Completes development inside its mother’s pouch

19 Placental Mammals Placental Mammals complete their development inside the mother The placenta attaches the fetus of the mother and allows exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and wastes the period of time between fertilization and birth is called the gestation period

20 Movement Mammals use various modes of locomotion, including running, hopping, climbing, flying, burrowing, and swimming Adaptations in body structure help mammals move around in their particular environments

21 Response Mammals rely on their senses- vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch- for survival The importance of a given sense depends on the animal’s lifestyle Example: Bats and Dolphins live in different locations but both use echolocation Echolocation is the process of using reflected sound waves to find objects

22 Answer the following… What are three functions of hair?
Why does a mammal need to eat more food than a reptile of similar size? What type of tooth is used for stabbing a holding ? What group of mammals lay eggs? What are three types of locomotion that mammals use?

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