Table 2.

Questions discussed and/or assigned to guide students through the analysis

SetQuestions
1. After circulation and respirationDoes the circulatory fit with the respiratory system? Why or why not? Your explanation cannot be only because the combination already exists in a real animal. It might be helpful to draw a diagram of the systems, to help you figure it out. This diagram may be included in your report.
If not, think about what combinations would work well together. But, you may want to decide which one you should change later on, based on the other systems.
2. After the excretory systems and digestionDoes the excretory system fit with the digestive system? Why or why not? Your explanation cannot be only because the combination already exists in a real animal.
With this in mind, do you need to change its circulatory or respiratory system and, if so, how?
If the excretory and digestive systems do not fit together, which one should change in order to accommodate the animals’ circulatory and respiratory systems?
3. After thermoregulationDo you think it can actually conduct its thermoregulation strategy given the design of its other four systems? Why or why not? Your explanation cannot be only because the combination already exists in a real animal.
If not, what should it be?
Additional questions given with each question set above (considering two systems at a time, for each combination of systems.)What might be an adaptive advantage of the combination of the systems you were assigned?
What might be an adaptive disadvantage of the combination of the systems you were assigned?
What trade-offs in function and efficiency might be seen in the interaction between systems?
What constraints might be placed on the physiological processes of each system by the combination of anatomic structures found in your animal?