Universität Wien FIND
Warning! The directory is not yet complete and will be amended until the beginning of the term.

450006 VO+SE Trends in Palaeontological Research, I (2012W)

Palaeobiological applications of morphogenetic models

Continuous assessment of course work

Die Vorbesprechung findet am Freitag, 23.11.2012 im Übungssaal 2 A 225 (Geozentrum, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Wien) um 11 Uhr statt - hier werden die weiteren VO bekanntgegeben.


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


max. 20 participants
Language: English



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Palaentology is based on morphology of fossils which cannot be constrained to test, shells, and bones. We treat fossils as remnants of real organisms which have to be understood in their paleobiological context. The morphology of any modern and fossil organism is a complex end result of all morphogenetic phenomena happening during ontogeny or astogeny. These phenomena are genetically and environmentally controlled and depend on hierarchic set of interactions between structural components. In order to learn how these interactions control the shape, theoretical models of morphogenesis are applied, implemented, and computed. This new course on the theoretical and empirical morphology will give an overview of recent advances in morphogenetic modelling integrated with palaeontology, cell biology, developmental biology, and molecular phylogenetics. We would try to find unexplored areas and find future challenges in various groups of organisms, including protists, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates.
The course includes lectures, seminars, and workshops. M.Sci. and PhD students interested in complexity of life are welcome. No specific knowledge is required.
Dr habil. Jaroslaw Tyszka, Prof. extraord.
ING PAN, Institute of Geological Sciences,
Polish Academy of Sciences,
Research Centre in Kraków,

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:47