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BIOL-328 Natural History of Early Vertebrates

This course will focus on early vertebrates' life history with great emphasis on systematics, evolution, phylogeny, morphology, reproduction, development and zoogeography. Plate tectonics and paleontology will have a pivotal role in explaining patterns and processes in the natural history of this unique subset of vertebrates, otherwise known as "Ichthyoids." This upper-level biology/ecology course is designed to be taken by students to fulfill distribution requirements during their sophomore, junior and/or senior years. Prerequisite: BIOL-205 or BIOL-202. 3 SH. 3 lecture hours.