Vertebrate Evolution (OEB 126)
Spring 2017
Undergraduate course
Tues,Thurs, 11:30-1:00pm

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the origin and evolution of vertebrates through an examination of the fossil record. A primary focus will be on major events in Earth’s evolutionary history, with an emphasis on anatomical and physiological transformations in fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Includes a Lab component and a spring recess Fossil Dig which gives students hands-on experience with fossil identification.

Recommended Prep:
OEB 53, LifeSci 2, and/or one other whole animal biology courses (e.g. OEB  51, OEB 101, OEB 130, OEB 167, OEB 190)

                                                                                        Petrified Forest Fossil Dig Spring 2016

What makes a....? (OEB 217)

A student directed course that explores the origin and evolution of a particular group of animals* through a mixture of literature discussions, cadaveric dissection and fossil observation. Discussion topics will be broad and far reaching, including such things as: evolutionary dynamics, ecomorphology, and feeding and locomotor performance. Alongside in class discussions, students will participate in dissecting cadaveric material with the aim to build hands-on musculoskeletal knowledge.

*The taxon of focus changes from year to year. The next time this course is offered the taxon will be Rodents and will include the dissection of a capybara - the largest living rodent!

Please contact Prof. Pierce for availability.

Prior years:

What makes a CAT?
Fall 2016, Mon, 3:00-5:00pm
Included dissecting a"big cat"

Advanced Vertebrate Anatomy (OEB 323)
Graduate seminar; please contact Prof. Pierce for availability.