Lecture Topics


 Introduction  Benton  Martin
Traditional vs cladistic classification
  Ch 2.4 Ch 3
Earth history and vertebrate evolution
  Ch 1

The Cambrian Explosion

  Ch 4
     
 Diversity of the Vertebrates    
Origins of the vertebrates
 Ch 1; 3.1-3.2  
The vertebrate body plan
   
     
The early Paleozoic Era    
Agnathic fish
 Ch 3.3  
Rise of jawed vetebrates & radiation of the chondrichthyes
 Ch 3.4 - 3.7  
Dominance of the osteichthyes
 Ch 3.9.1  
     
The late PaleozoicEra    
The sarcopterygii and the origin and radiation of tetrapods
 Ch 3.9.2-3.9.4 pp 191-196
The radiation of tetrapods
 Ch 4 pp 196-208
Rise and decline of the amphibians
 Ch 4.5 - 4.7  
Early amniotes
 Ch 5.1 - 5.3  
     

The close of thePaleozoicEra

   
Early amniote radiations
Ch 5.3-5.4  
Synapsid reptiles and the evolution of mammals
 Ch 5.5 - 5.6 &
 Ch 10.1- 10.5
Ch 8
Diapsid lines: advanced archosaurs and primitive lepidosaurs
 Ch 5.5-5.6; 10.1-10.4;  
     
The Mesozoic Era    
Evolution of dinosarus from early archosaurs
 Ch 6  
Radiation of the dinosaurs
 Ch 8  
The bird/dinosaur connection
 Ch 9 Ch 7
Extinction of the dinsoaurs
 Ch 8.12  
Extinction as a driving force in evolution
   
     
The Cenozoic Era    
Radiation of the mammals
 Ch 10  
The mammalian life-style
   
Major mammalian lines
  pp 209 - 217
Human evolution