Vertebrate Phylogeny (BiSc 215)
Number of Credits: 4
Level of instruction: graduate and advanced undergraduates
A survey of vertebrate phylogeny, emphasizing the basic
relationships among major groups and their fossil records. Morphological and
molecular evidence for the relationships of each group will be reviewed, and
diagnostic characters of each group will be summarized. Laboratories at the
National Museum of Natural History will focus on morphological characteristics of
each group and their fossils. A field trip to the American Museum of Natural
History will tour its halls of vertebrate fossils.
How often is the course offered: Spring Semester during even years.
How broad a student audience is served by the course: Graduate students and
advanced undergraduates from GWU (departments of Biology, Genetics, and
Anthropology) and Howard University (Anatomy Department).