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Course Description

In this  course we will discuss the origin of birds from prehistoric dinosaurs. We will examine the physiological systems  of domestic (poultry) and wild bird and compare them to reptiles and mammals. Specifics systems will include reproduction, embryo physiology (control of calcium), respiratory (how the respiratory system aids flight), skeletal, gastro-intestinal physiology, circadian rhythms and the pineal gland, and the avian immune system. A brief summary of the poultry industry, including domestic egg production, will be discussed.     Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion  
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