This blog is mainly the publishing platform of an upper division course on “Sensory Evolution” (BIOL167) that I teach at the Claremont Colleges. The senses play a crucial role in how animals perceive their environment, and the performance of sensory structures is directly linked to the organism’s fitness and survival. Thus, sensory systems are often considered to strongly influence the evolution and radiation of major animal groups. In this course we bridge the fields of evolution, neurobiology, physics, physiology, and paleontology in order to provide a more integrated understanding of sensory evolution. The main assignment of the course is a blog on a recent paper in the field of sensory biology.
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