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Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database that collects the natural history, classification, species characteristics, conservation biology, and distribution information of thousands of species of animals. It includes thousands of photographs, hundreds of sound clips, and a virtual museum. A database is a collection of logically related data designed to meet the information needs of one or more users. ... Table of natural history, 1728 Cyclopaedia Natural history is an umbrella term for what are now usually viewed as several distinct scientific disciplines. ... Classification may refer to: Taxonomic classification See also class (philosophy) Statistical classification Security classification Hint: Language use may refer to a taxonomic classification that is used for statistical purposes also as a statistical classification (like International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems). ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... Conservation biology is the protection and management of biodiversity that uses principles and experiences from the biological sciences, from natural resource management, and from the social sciences, including economics. ... Look up distribution in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Information as a concept bears a diversity of meanings, from everyday usage to technical settings. ... The word Animals when used alone has several possible meanings in the English language. ... A photograph (often just called a photo) is an image (or a representation of that on e. ... A media clip is a short segment of media either an audio clip or a video clip. ... The virtual is a concept applied in many fields with somewhat differing connotations, and also denotations. ... The National Gallery in London, a famous museum. ...

The ADW acts as an online encyclopedia, with each individual species account displaying basic information specific to that species. Each species account includes geographic range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, lifespan, communication and perception, behavior, food habits, predation, and conservation status. Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1902 An encyclopedia or encyclopaedia, also (rarely) encyclopædia,[1] is a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. ... Physical map of the Earth (Medium) (Large 2 MB) Geography is the scientific study of the locational and spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena on Earth. ... In biology, the range of an species is the geographical area within which that species can be found. ... Habitat (from the Latin for it inhabits) is the place where a particular species lives and grows. ... For other uses, see Reproduction (disambiguation) Reproduction is the biological process by which new individual organisms are produced. ... Lifespan is the maximum number of years a species can survive, defined by the oldest documented age of an individual member. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... PSYCHOLOGY In psychology and the cognitive sciences, perception is the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. ... Behavior or behaviour (see spelling differences) refers to the actions or reactions of an object or organism, usually in relation to the environment. ... This snapping turtle is trying to make a meal of a Canada goose, but the goose is too wary. ... The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive. ...

The ADW was created by the staff at the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. Each account is written by both students and teachers at 30 colleges and universities across the United States. Species accounts are often assigned to college students as class projects. Each account is thoroughly researched using peer reviewed scientific journals and research papers and is edited by both the professors and staff at the ADW. Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... The Ruthven Exhibit Museums Building on Central Campus, looking towards the northeast The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is home to a number of museums, with a majority of them on Central Campus. ... UM also has campuses in Dearborn and Flint. ... Students attending a lecture at the Helsinki University of Technology The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, meaning to direct ones zeal at; hence a student is one who directs zeal at a subject. ... Teachers may refer to: Teachers (UK TV series), a British comedy drama Teachers (US TV series), an American situation comedy Teachers (film), a 1984 film See also: Teacher. ... A college (Latin collegium) can be the name of any group of colleagues; originally it meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules (con-, together + leg-, law). As a consequence members of colleges were originally styled fellow and still are in some places. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a scholarly process used in the publication of manuscripts and in the awarding of funding for research. ... In academic publishing, a scientific journal is a periodical publication intended to further the progress of science, usually by reporting new research. ... Research is often described as an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry aimed at discovering, interpreting and revising facts. ... A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ...

Along with species accounts, the ADW has over 350 accounts of higher taxonomic groups, as well as classification lists of hundreds of thousands of species that do not yet have accounts. Taxonomy (from Greek ταξινομία from the words taxis = order and nomos = law) may refer to either a hierarchical classification of things, or the principles underlying the classification. ...

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