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The object of the course is to provide a general
theory of biology that will enable students to relate material from all
other courses. This theory is Darwin's modification through descent, or
evolution by means of natural selection.
Diversity (BIOL 305)
The characteristics of the major groups of animals,
their ancestry, history and their relationship to one another. The processes
of speciation, adaptive radiation and extinction responsible for diversity.
Methods for constructing phylogenies, for comparing phenotypes, and for
estimating and analyzing diversity
Evolution (BIOL 352)
The main objective is to acquaint the student with
the pattern of vertebrate evolution from the Cambrian to the present.
The origin, basic anatomy and adaptation of all the major groups of vertebrates
will be discussed, together with consideration of the evolutionary processes
that underlie their radiation.
Evolution (BIOL 569)
Developmental Evolution (DE) examines the influence
of developmental mechanisms on evolution. This course will focus on the
emerging principles of DE, and will draw on data and examples from plants
and invertebrate and vertebrate animals.
Palaeontology Field Course (BIOL 573)
The primary objective for the course is to train
students in collecting and analysis methods in vertebrate palaeontology.
The course will be given at a selected Late Cretaceous (~70 million years
old) locality in Alberta. There, fieldwork will be conducted for approximately
18 days. During that time, students will have practical training with
fossil identification, mapping, collecting, and stratigraphic interpretation.
An emphasis will be placed on terrestrial vertebrate fossils (i.e. dinosaurs,
crocodiles, and other reptiles) and palaeocommunity analysis.