1)The student recognizes the basic principles and laws governing the evolution of vertebrate organism. He/she compares, explains and distinguishes the stations of this development and links the evolution of vertebrates with basic geological-geomorphological and climatic changes in the planet's history.
2)Alongside the student to acquire skills in high use, recovery and synthesis of paleontological data in solving geological and evolutionary problems either individually or collectively, and to organize and present the results. The student to accept and support the theory of evolution by documenting examples of vertebrate paleontology.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Histry of Vertebrate Paleontology. Fossils-Fossilisation-Taphonomy. Types of Fossil accumulations-excavation-preservation. Basics of evolutionary theory. The species concept. Linnean and phylogenetic systematics. Mass extinction. Geological time and early history of Life. The Cambrian explosion and the emergence of vertebrates. Earth during Palaeozoic- from agnatha to gnathostoma. The emergence of tetrapodes. The end of palaeozoic-Batrachomorpha & Herpetomorpha. The first amniotes. Anapsids & Diapsids. The Mesozoic era-from dinosaurs to birds. The C/P extinction. From synapsids to mammals. Afrotheria nad Laurasitheria. The origin of primates and the Miocene apes. From Sahelanthropus to Homo sapiens. The greek primate record. Greek vertebrates and their bearing to geology, biology, palaeogeography and palaeoenvironment
Palaeontology, Vertebrates, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Homo origins
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
M. Benton - Vertebrate Paleontology, 2000 (βιβλιοθήκη Τμ. Γεωλογίας QE841.B44 1997 c.1)
R. Cowen - History of Life, 2005 (βιβλιοθήκη Τμ. Γεωλογίας QE711.2.C68 2005 c1)
A. Meyer & R. Zardoya, 2003, Recent advances in the (Molecular) phylogeny of vertebrates. Annual review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, 34: 311-338.
Γ. Κουφός - Παλαιοντολογία Σπονδυλωτών, 2004, Εκδ. Ζητη