Vertebrate Zoology - Structure, Form and Function

The two Vertebrate Zoology modules run in the Autumn and Spring terms of the second year, and combine elements of traditional zoology with new insights gained from molecular, evolutionary and developmental biology ("evo-devo") and palaeontology. The modules introduce students to the study of vertebrate morphology, function and evolution and in particular looks at a) the contrast between (and particular advantages of) cold-blooded versus warm-blooded life strategies, b) morphological adaptations for feeding and locomotion, c) the importance of ancient mass extinctions to vertebrate evolution, d) the crucial importance of energetics and dietary specialisations in producing mammalian diversity, e) the physiology of respiration in water and air, and f) morphological and physiological features unique to different groups of vertebrates. At the end of these modules students should have a good overview and understanding of how vertebrates evolved and how they function mechanistically.

BI2BN4 - Vertebrate Zoology - Structure Form and Function and

BI2BS5 - Vertebrate Zoology - Structure Form and Function (2)

Autumn and Spring Terms

Module convenor: Dr Graham Luke

Lecturer: Dr Graham Luke

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