Skulls are the Key to Good ID

side view of a michigan carnivore skull

Join DNR educator Edward Shaw to discover the physiological differences used to identify a variety of Michigan mammals. Unique characteristics can give students clues to what animals eat and what might eat them. During our 30-minute lesson we will meet the following objectives:

  • Using a dichotomous key, students will be able to describe physical features that can be used to identify animal skulls.
  • By observation of certain skull characteristics, students will be able to describe whether an animal is predator or prey, what it prefers to eat (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore) and other details and features about the animal.
  • Students will learn about who owns our wildlife resources and the importance of wildlife management.

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