Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Bio 241/241L


I also teach both Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lecture and Laboratory.  Go here to see an example syllabus from a previous course. 

This course is a survey of the major vertebrate groups, emphasizing the evolutionary relationships between these groups.  Lectures are designed to provide students with an understanding of vertebrate origins, phylogenetic relationships and the structure/function of selected organ systems.  Labs consist of anatomical dissections of the lamprey, dogfish, perch, mudpuppy, pigeon and cat.  Anatomical structures are identified and their organization interpreted with respect to embryologic development, phylogeny and functional adaptation.

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