ARTHUR'S

MAMMAL CLIPART

This free mammal clip art is of large format and is suitable for presentations and projects and school usage for both students and educators etc. The large images are too big for use on the internet. However you may use the thumbnail clip art pictures for web pages. Selections of both colour and black and white clip art are available, the latter are suitable for coloring books. Please do not use them in any other collections of clipart. To download a thumbnail left click on the picture and then "Save As" to a directory of your choice. To download the full size image, first right click on the thumbnail and then left click on the full size image and "Save As" to a directory of your choice.

                                  

Mammals (class Mammalia) are a class of vertebrate animals characterized by the posession of mammary glands, from which they derive their name, as well as sweat glands, hair, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex region in the brain.

All mammals (except for the five species of monotremes) give birth to live young instead of laying eggs. Most mammals also possess specialized teeth, and the largest group of mammals, the placentals, use a placenta during gestation. The mammalian brain regulates endothermic and circulatory systems, including a four-chambered heart.

There are approximately 5,400 species of mammals, ranging in size from the 3040-millimetre (1.21.6 in) Bumblebee Bat to the 33-metre (110 ft) Blue Whale, distributed in about 1,200 genera, 153 families, and 29 orders, though this varies by classification scheme. Most mammals belong to the placental group. The four largest orders within the placental mammals are Rodentia (mice, rats, and other small, gnawing mammals), Chiroptera (bats), Carnivora (dogs, cats, bears, and other mammals that primarily eat meat), and Cetartiodactyla (including numerous herbivore species, such as deer, sheep, goats, and buffalos, plus whales). The human species is also a placental mammal, a member of the order Primates

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Last updated September 2009