BIOL-2310 Vertebrates - Theory

This course includes an overview of the diversity, evolution, anatomy, ecology and natural history of the various groups comprised in the subphylum Vertebrata, animals with a backbone. The connecting thread of this course are the hypothesis of Phylogenesis relationships proposed for various vertebrate clades. Phylogenesis perspectives allow for emphasizing the importance of compared biology studies, and illustrating different key notions in evolutionary biology, using vertebrates as a study model. In addition to offering an overview of vertebrates at a global level, it emphasizes on knowledge of diversity, distribution, systematic and ecology of the various taxa existing in Colombia.