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Syllabus Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy BSC 310 Department of Biological Sciences Marshall University Spring 2009 Professor: F. Robin O’Keefe [email protected] Office Phone: 676-2427 Office Hours: Friday 9:00-11:30, 1:30-3:30, or by appointment. Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2:15, S374 Laboratory: Tuesday and Thursday, 10-11:50. BSC 130 Books Required: --Kardong, K. V. Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution. Fifth edition. --de Iuliis, G., and Pulera, D. The Dissection of Vertebrates Books Recommended: --Pough et al.; Vertebrate Life --Informal additional readings will be offered to interested students Course Overview & Objectives: This course is designed to give an overview of the anatomy and evolutionary history of the Vertebrata, the animals having backbones. The course consists of both lecture and laboratory sessions, and the laboratory sessions are critical to successful completion of the course. One cannot learn anatomy without experiencing it, and we will discover out subject through the dissection of real vertebrate specimens: primarily the shark, cat, and salamander, but also prepared slides of basal chordates and chick embryology. Lastly, we will utilize an extensive osteological collection in our study of comparative cranial anatomy. The great diversity of vertebrate life—both in number of species and in morphological variation—poses a challenge to both the teacher and student of comparative vertebrate anatomy. We will navigate this diversity using three overarching themes: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY DEVELOPMENT FUNCTION . Ideally, at the conclusion of this course you will have concrete knowledge of the fundamental structural principles of the vertebrate body; be able to describe and generalize the various body systems common to all vertebrates, their structure, function, continuity, and diversity over evolutionary time; conceptualize the scope of vertebrate history and integrate the themes that rationalize this history; and hopefully gain an appreciation and a sense of wonder inspired by the complexity and diversity of vertebrate life. Course Requirements: --Attendance at all lectures is expected. --Grades are based primarily on performance of midterm and final exams in both lecture and laboratory settings; see Exams, below. --Approximately 30% of the course grade (200 of 700 points) will derive from your lab
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notebook. Assignments for each day's lab will vary according the goal of each laboratory session, and will be described at the beginning of each laboratory session. --Attendance at all labs is mandatory, and attendance will be taken. See Attendance
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