The cognitive objectives of these courses include the training students on key issues of morphology, anatomy and taxonomy of vertebrates and the understanding the evolutionary and phylogenetic relationships in Chordates. Additionally, they will be guided towards awareness through the knowledge of the diversity in the animal world. Finally, they will be assisted in the development of skills in carrying out anatomy on the main vertebrate classes, observation and recognition of the parts of an animal body, and they will obtain familiarity with the use of identification keys in characterizing vertebrate groups and identifying representative species.
Laboratory and field education: Study of morphology-anatomy of representative species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Systematic of these groups and identification of common species of Greek fauna in the laboratory and field. Information on wildlife conservation and management.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Origin and phylogenetic relationships of Chordates. Morphology, anatomy and classification of Protochordates. Introduction to Vertebrates. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Agnatha, Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes. Introduction to Tetrapoda, evolution of systems during the transition from water to land. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Amphibians. Adaptations to land - Amniota. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of Reptiles. Endotherma. Origin of birds and mammals. Morphology, anatomy, ecology, classification and phylogenetic relationships of birds and mammals.
Chordates, Evolution, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals