Mastozoology: study of mammals

What is it - biological definition

Also known as Mamalogy, Mastozoology is a science, branch of zoology, that studies mammal animals.


Mastozoology is very important because knowledge about mammals enables the understanding of various diseases. Many of these diseases can also afflict humans and knowing how they develop in mammalian species is critical to the development of medicines and treatments.

The knowledge generated by mastozoology is also important to prevent the extinction of animals of this species.

Relationship with other sciences

Mastozoology uses knowledge from other scientific fields to properly study mammals. The main sciences that assist mastozoology are: Genetics, Parasitology, Paleontology, Ecology and Evolution.

The main themes studied by Mastozoology are:

- Anatomy of mammals;

- mammalian behavior;

- Relationship of mammals in the environment;

- scientific classification;

- Relationship of mammals with the environment and with animals of other species.

Biological Curiosities:

- There are about 5,400 species of mammalian animals.

- The professional who studies mammals is known as a mastozoologist.