Universität Wien FIND

300273 VU Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (2017S)

5.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Preliminary talks: 06.03.2017

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 hrs.

Place: Übungsaal "Wilhelm Klaus" (2A225, UZA II)


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 12 participants
Language: German



Course dates: 22.05., 25.05., 29.05. 01.06. & 02.06.2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 hrs
Place: Course room 2U223 (UZA II)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The goal of this course to gain a better understanding of vertebrate morphology by comparing and correlating morphological structures across major vertebrate clades. For this, dissection and detailed studies of the cranial skeleton and associated muscles as well as that of the extremities of representatives of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals will be carried out. The morphological structures subsequently will be analysed in an evolutionary framework to distinguish between plesiomorphic and derived conditions and to understand evolutionary trait changes.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Oral presentation (25%)
- scientific illustrations of essential skeletal elements and associated muscles of the skull and extremities (50%)
- final group discussion of the results in an evolutionary context (25%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Min. 50/100%.

Examination topics

Course content.

Reading list

Starck, D. 1979. Vergleichende Anatomie der Wirbeltiere auf evolutionsbiologischer Grundlage. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.
Kardong, K.V. 2002. Vertebrates: comparative anatomy, function, evolution. WCB/McGraw-Hill Press, Boston, MA. Third edition.
Kardong, K.V. & Zalisko, E. 2002. Comparative vertebrate anatomy: a laboratory dissection guide. WCB/McGraw-Hill Press, Boston, MA. Third edition.

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