Biology The Essentials: A Student-Friendly Introduction to Biology by MariÃlle Hoefnagels
Biology is the study of life, and it is everywhere. From the smallest microorganisms to the largest animals, biology helps us understand the diversity and complexity of living things. But how can we learn biology in an engaging and effective way
One answer is Biology The Essentials, a textbook written by MariÃlle Hoefnagels, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology at the University of Oklahoma[^1^]. This textbook offers a broader and more conceptual introduction to biology, simplifying the more complex biological content to the essential elements that students need to act as a framework for the details[^1^].
Biology The Essentials covers topics such as the scientific method, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity of life, human biology, and environmental issues. It also features pedagogical tools such as What's the Point, Why We Care, and Burning Questions, which are designed to demonstrate to readers that biology is relevant to their lives and interests[^1^].
The 22nd chapter of Biology The Essentials focuses on animal diversity and evolution. It explores how animals are classified based on their body plans, symmetry, tissues, development, and molecular data. It also examines how animals have evolved over time, from the first multicellular animals to the major groups of vertebrates and invertebrates. It highlights some of the adaptations and behaviors that enable animals to survive and reproduce in different environments[^2^].
Biology The Essentials is available in print and digital formats. Students can also access Connect, an online learning platform that provides interactive activities, quizzes, videos, animations, and more[^1^]. With Biology The Essentials, students can learn biology in a way that is clear, concise, and captivating.
Biology: The Essentials - McGraw Hill Education
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In this chapter, you will learn about the following topics:
The characteristics and classification of animals
The origin and evolution of animals
The diversity and adaptations of sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, roundworms, mollusks, annelids, arthropods, echinoderms, and chordates
The major groups and features of vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
The structure and function of animal tissues, organs, and organ systems
The regulation of animal body temperature and fluid balance
The modes of animal nutrition, digestion, respiration, circulation, excretion, and reproduction
The mechanisms of animal development and aging
The types and functions of animal behavior
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
Compare and contrast the different animal body plans and levels of organization
Explain how animals are grouped into phyla based on their evolutionary relationships
Describe the major features and examples of each animal phylum
Identify the key innovations and transitions that occurred in animal evolution
Understand how animals maintain homeostasis and coordinate their activities
Analyze how animals obtain and process energy and materials from their environment
Evaluate how animals respond to stimuli and interact with other animals 061ffe29dd