Prerequisites: The Diversity of Life (SBS005). This module covers the following: the fossil record, origin and evolution of mammal-like reptiles. Evolution of monotremes, marsupial adpative radiation. Evolution and classification of eutherian mammals, cladistics, molecular approaches to phylogeny reconstruction. Adaptation in the main orders of eutherian mammals. Evolution of hominids. Evolution of reproductive strategies and social evolution: the origins of societies; kinds of societies; evolution of cooperation; mammal vs complex insect societies; skew theory as a unified approach to social evolution; genetic, phylogenetic and environmental factors and social evolution. Recent controversies in mammalian evolution.

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