School talk:Zoology

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Zoölogy is interesting!

Animals... (The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:59, 4 October 2007)


I am very new to Wikiversity so, my apologies if I do not do this correctly. Should I still be citing information included so that fellows can do their own research, or is this truly a compendium of knowledge? I am thinking I should be making citations, but am a little confused. Please allow me time to finish the entire taxonomic branches section, it was very late when I stumbled upon the Zoology section here, noticed how empty it was, and wanted to contribute in some way. I would like to add photos to the taxonomic trees as well, because my experience has often been that the trees tend to be textual, and I am not certain this captures everyone's imagination, however finding images to represent all of the branches through public domain images may take time, and overcrowding the page is a big concern for me. A custom-made Powerpoint may do wonders, heck I can even see species being animated properly or live-action to show movement, since comparative anatomy is so important in Zoology both old and new. As you go up the tree to higher forms, such as vertebrates, both live-action/animation and skeletal forms could be displayed (cross-sections under magnification could be used for lower forms). It might be too much, but at certain intervals differences in internal structure could be highlighted. The different expressions of Zoology are so varied, especially as you go back in history. Should this be covered? The changes and/or diversity of Zoology? Is there a way to unify these foci, and if so, should they be? The Zoology I know is rather self-taught, and a combination of different expressions of the study. There are also a lot of differing philosophies in Zoology. Should they, too, be covered? --AmandaEP 08:03, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

One big issue I wish to point out is I have noted cases where Zoology crosses over into human anatomy and physiology, especially in medical applications of the study. I think limiting it only to animals again separates humans from animals, and most versed in biology I know personally do not share this view. --AmandaEP 08:25, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Currently, there are two (or more depending on your views) ways of classifying animals in taxonomy. I have begun the taxonomic section on the main page with Linnaean classification in mind, but only because he was the starting point. I think it might be important to show the other systems as well, but this then makes things tricky. I did a little digging, and just on the talk and other Wiki pages alone, there is a large though unheated debate currently ongoing as to how best to utilize and display all the types of classifications, or if to do so at all. This barely even touches on the actual scientific debate, where those versed in anatomy and physiology are pitted against those of phylogenetics, et cetera. Personally I do not see how these two alone are not interdisciplinary more so then they already are, because just with genetics, from what I understand, something can share outward characteristics with another form of life, but arrive at it entirely separate from one another, because it suits the environment in which it inhabits, and so on, or maybe we do not yet understand all the intricacies of the relationships.--AmandaEP 21:43, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

I noted someone did an excellent job on a table displaying 38 Phyla under the entry for phylum at Wikipedia, so I included it here. The credit for the table is certainly due the person who took the time to create it. There are three Wiki pages I am comparing data from, as well as personal library resources. If I am crossing any lines, or there is erroneous data, my apologies, as I did not create all of the data I am trying to include here, and this is my first Wikiversity contribution. The entries I would like to somehow combine with this page are: [[1]] [[2]][[3]][[4]][[5]] --AmandaEP 23:45, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

"very new to Wikiversity"....."noticed how empty it was" <-- Most topics here are just getting started. If you are familiar with Wikipedia, you might need to un-learn a few things. Feel free to experiment and try different formats. We have room for multiple approaches to the same topic. When dealing with biology, I often feel that the topics have a life of their own that needs to be freely explored.....without trying to fit that expression into a single "best way to do it". Have fun! --JWS 23:55, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
You clarified quite a lot! Thanks so much!! =D --AmandaEP 00:11, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

I was wondering if I could add the Zoology Powerpoint to this University and how. This is one of my favorite subjects and would like to add to the site.

What is the "the Zoology Powerpoint"? --JWSchmidt 16:49, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

- Create a power point about Zoology and add it! ;)

ECO ECOOO!![edit]

Why is such a nice subject as Zoology so empty??! Is anyone there?? Please an specialist that add something!! --user: at 19:06, 24 August 2010‎.