Lower Vertebrate Biology
The course will introduce the students
to a wide range of vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and
mammals). The course will look at
Vertebrate origins, evolution and characteristics. The origins, fossil record,
characteristic features, adaptive radiation and array of vertebrates’ race
illustrated by reference to the following groups: ostracoderms, placoderms,
cyclostomes, cartilaginous and bony fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and
mammals. The evolutionary morphology, phylogeny and natural history of the
above-mentioned groups will be emphasized.
This course unit equips teacher
trainees with broad knowledge required to teach the different groups/classes of
vertebrates at secondary schools
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
Protochordates and chordates from all other animal phyla.
the origins and evolution of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
the taxonomic classification of vertebrate classes.
Introduce the students to
some aspects of the ecology of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
To appreciate the structural
and physiological adaptations of vertebrates
Overview of the economic
importance of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals