Course Description: Vertebrate Zoology is a broad-based survey of the biological diversity and evolution of the vertebrate animals. Special emphasis is placed on morphology, physiology, paleontology, and ecology, as related to evolutionary history. The laboratory introduces the student to the fundamentals of vertebrate anatomy through the dissection of the lamprey, the dogfish shark, and the domestic cat. Other lab exercises deal with biomechanical analysis, species identification, and reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships.

Prerequisites:Biology 152L and permission. 1 1/4 credits.

Lectures:Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:20-12:35, 134 LSC

Labs: Tuesday or Thursday, 1:10-3:55, 315 LSC

Staff: Prof. Daniel Blackburn, 247 LSC

Required Text: Vertebrate Life, 4th ed., by F. Harvey Pough, John B. Heiser, and William N. MacFarland (1994). Macmillan, New York.

Lab Manual: Vertebrate Dissection, 8th ed., by Warren F. Walker and D.G. Homberger (1994). Saunders, New York. (Previous editions will also suffice, although the pagination is different)

Also needed: A basic dissection kit that includes scissors, forceps, and scalpel. An inquisitive mind, and a fascination and reverence for life. Protective gloves are optional.

Grading: Final letter grades are based on lecture exams, lab practicals, lab assignments, journal summaries, and quizzes. The lab represents a substantial portion of the points that can be earned in the course.