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Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition by: Wile and Durnell. Flashcards for Study Guide to Module #16.

Amniotic egg

A shelled, water-retaining egg that allows reptile, bird, and certain mammal embryos to develop on land.

Neurotoxin

A poison which attacks the nervous system, causing blindness, paralysis or suffocation.

Hemotoxin

A poison that attacks the red blood cells and blood vessels, destroying circulation.

Endotherm

An organism that is internally warmed by a heat-generating metabolic process.

Down feathers

Feathers with smooth barbules but no hooked barbules.

Contour feathers

Feathers with hooked and smooth barbules, allowing the barbules to interlock.

Placenta

A structure that allows an embryo to be nourished with the mother's blood supply.

Gestation

The period of time during which the embryo develops berfor being born.

Mammary glands

Specialized organs in mammals that produce milk to nourish the young.

State the five characteristics that set reptiles apart from other vertebrates.

1. Covered with tough, dry scales.
2. Ectothermic.
3. Breathe with lungs throughout their lives.
4. Three-chambered heart with a ventricle that is partially divided.
5. Produce amniotic eggs covered with a leathery shell, most oviparous, some ovoviviparous.

In this module, we studied reptiles, birds and mammals. For each class, indicate whether they are ectothermic or endothermic.

Reptiles are ectothermic, while birds and mammals are endothermic.

State the functions of the yolk, the allantois and the albumen.

The yolk serves as nourishment for the developing embryo. The allantois allows the embryo to breathe, and the albumen destroys pathogens that can enter the egg as well as supplying water and amino acids to the embryo.

Reptiles have a growth-related characteristic in common with the arthropods. What is it?

They must both molt because their body covering skin is not living.

What are the two most important functions of reptile scales?

Reptile scales prevent water loss and insulate the reptile's body.

These are the reptile orders that contain currently living reptiles:
Rhynchocephalia, Squamata, Crocodilia, Testudines
Place the following types of reptiles into their appropriate order:
a. snakes b. tuataras c. lizards d. tortoises e. alligators f. turtles

Rhynchocephalia: b. tuataras
Squamata: a. snakes, c. lizards
Crocodilia: e. alligators
Testudines: d. tortoises, f. turtles

State the six characteristics that set birds apart from other vertebrates.

1. Endothermic.
2. Heart with four chambers.
3. Toothless bill.
4. Oviparous, laying an amniotic egg that is covered in a lime-containing shell.
5. Covered with feathers.
6. Skeleton composed of porous, lightweight bones (not a characteristic for all birds)

Do all birds fly?

No.

A blood sample comes from the ventricle of an animal that is either an amphibian or a bird. How can you tell which?

If the blood sample has a mixture of oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood, it comes from an amphibian. If it has only one or the other, it comes from a bird.

Which has a harder shell: the egg of a reptile or the egg of a bird?

A bird's egg's shell is harder.

You see some barbs from a feather. You have no idea whether they came from a down feather or a contour feather. Looking at the barbs under the microscope, however, you see that there are no hooked barbules. What kind of feather is it?

Down feathers.

What type of feather (down or contour) is used for flight? What kind is used for insulation?

Contour feathers are used for flight, while down feathers are used for insulation.

What is a bird actually doing when it is preening?

When preening, a bird is actually oiling its feathers.

What is unique about a bird's method of molting?

A bird's feathers molt in pairs.

What three things (at least) did flight engineers have to learn from birds to make practical flight possible?

1. Proper structure of a wing from birds.
2. How to make strong hollow tubes from studying bird bones.
3. Reduced wing turbulence from birds.

Which is heavier, a bird's bone or the same size bone of an amphibian?

The amphibian's bone is heavier.

State the five characteristics that set mammals apart from other vertebrates.

1. Hair covering the skin.
2. Reproduce with internal fertilization and usually viviparous.
3. Nourish their young with milk secreted from specialized glands.
4. Four-chambered heart.
5. Endothermic.

What is the principal function of underhair?

Insulation.

What do we usually see when we look at a mammal, underhair or guard hair?

Guard hair.

Name a nonplacental mammal.

Koalas.

What is the difference between offspring born after a long gestation period and offspring born after a short gestation period?

Offspring born after a long gestation period are more developed than those born after a short gestation period.

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