CHORDATE MORPHOLOGY, BIO 375
Lecture Text: Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates by Kent
Lab Text: Atlas and Dissection Guide of Comparative Anatomy by Wischnitser
A study of the diversity and uniformity of structure found among living vertebrates. The evolution of the chordates is illustrated by such a comparative investigation as well as by an examination of anatomical features of fossil records. The laboratory includes detailed anatomical studies of several representative chordates.
Introduction to comparative anatomy
Protochordates and the origin of vertebrates
Parade of vertebrates
Mineralized tissues: vertebrae, ribs, sterna, skull and visceral skeleton
The sense organs
The nervous system
The digestive system
The respiratory system
The circulatory system
The urogenital system
The endocrine system
A detailed anatomical study will be conducted on each of the following.