Evolutionary origins of the vertebrate body plan are major problems in biology. While paleontology and comparative anatomy have revealed the evolutionary trajectories of the organs, recent genetics, genomics and embryology are becoming powerful tools to answer classical questions. The goals of this course are twofold; 1) obtain fundamental knowledge of anatomy, embryology, and the latest genomics and 2) learn how to integrate genetics, genomics and embryology to answer evolutionary questions through active discussion in the classroom. The training to discover and answer scientific questions in animal diversity will be performed at the American Museum of Natural History. This course is conducted in person (no online option).
Genetics (447:380) or Genetic Analysis (447:384). Developmental Genetics (447:370) recommended.