BIOL-344   Vertebrate Biology

The lives of vertebrate animals attract our attention in ways unparalleled by other groups of organisms. From grand migrations, to elaborate fossils histories, to the roles vertebrates, including ourselves, play in the functioning of the biosphere, our fascination with these animals drives the programming content of many media outlets today. This course explores the range of vertebrate animals with an emphasis on their evolution, taxonomy, ecology, and conservation. Lectures and laboratories. Prerequisite: Biology 160 and 161 (or 141).