BIOL 305 (Winter)

Animal Diversity

R. Barrett (Coordinator)
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 ext 00856
V. Millien Redpath Museum (514) 398-4849
H. Larsson
Redpath Museum
(514) 398-4086 ext 089457
D. Green Redpath Museum (514) 398-4088
A. Hendry Redpath Museum (514) 398-4086 ext00880
3 credits (2-3-4)
BIOL 215 or both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202

The characteristics of the major groups of animals, their ancestry, history and their relationship to one another. The processes of speciation, adaptive radiation and extinction responsible for diversity. Methods for constructing phylogenies, for comparing phenotypes, and for estimating and analyzing diversity.

Topics covered will include:

Animal origins and evolutionary history. Basic features of animal body plans. The early radiation of animals. Sponges. Diploblastic animals: hydroids, jellyfish, corals. Bilaterian animals and the evolution of locomotion and burrowing. The lophotrochozoan protostomes: annelids and mollusks. The ecdysozoan protostomes: arthropods and nematodes. The deuterostomes: echinoderms and vertebrates. The marine and terrestrial radiations of vertebrates. Tetrapods. Human diversity.

Animal Diversity, C. P. Hickman Jr. et al, 6th edition, 2011.
Two one-hour lectures and 1 three-hour laboratory each week.  The lab will use modern and fossil material from the Redpath collections to teach phylogenetic and comparative methods in the context of particular animal groups.

 Midterm exam; weekly lab quizzes; final written exam

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).

Last update: March 21, 2017