Universität Wien FIND

280111 VU MA-ERD-17.27 Evolution of Vertebrata (PI) (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Weekly on Tuesday from 9:00 - 12:00 am
Start: 01 March, 2016
Room: 2A502 UZA II


max. 30 participants
Language: German



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

01.03.2016: Introduction: Beginning of Vertebrates
08.03.2016: Agnatha and the evolution of gnathostome characters (Topic: Vertebrate hard tissues)
15.03.2016: The first Gnathostomata: Placodermi (Topic: Siluro-Devonian faunal provinces and environments)
22.03.2016: Spring break
29.03.2016: Spring break
05.04.2016: Evolution of cartilaginous fishes (Chondrichthyes) (Topic: Development and evolution of the backbone)
12.04.2016: Evolution of bony fishes (Osteichthyes) (Topic: Heads or tails: Staged evolution of vertebrates?)
19.04.2016: Sarcopterygians and the invasion of land by tetrapodomorphs (Topic: Respiration in vertebrates)
26.04.2016: Origin and evolution of Tetrapoda (Topic: The Nýřany tetrapod communities)
03.05.2016: Origin and evolution of Amniota (Topic: Ultrastructure of tetrapod eggs)
10.05.2016: Evolution and palaeobiology of Sauropsida (Topic: The Permian-Triassic extinction event)
17.05.2016: White holidays (Pfingsten)
24.05.2016: Synapsida, Therapsida and the origin of mammals (Topic: Permian tetrapod communities of Bromacker and Karoo)
31.05.2016: Dawn and age of mammals (Topic: The Great American interchange and extinction)
07.06.2016. Basal archosauromorphs and the origin of crocodiles (The Late Triassic Elgin reptile association)
14.06.2016: Origin and evolution of Avemetatarsalia (Topic: Parental care and growth in dinosaurs)
21.06.2016: Origin and evolution of birds (Topic: Feathers, hairs and fibres in avemetatarsals)
28.06.2016: Written examination

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam: 40% (1.5 hour)
Oral Presentation (= Topic): 30%
Coursework: 30% (essay of 2.500 words)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course offers the possibility to study the morphology and evolution of vertebrates in an exciting and active vertebrate research environment. The course highlights vertebrate palaeobiology topics including the evolutionary history of all major vertebrate groups and major events in vertebrate evolution. You also will learn about the science of vertebrate palaeobiology, have the opportunity to undertake research on exciting fossil vertebrates or vertebrate palaeobiological topics, practice how to write short, high-impact papers and to communicate research results to the public.

Examination topics

Content of lectures.

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