Evolution of Animal Form

A survey of the history of animal life focusing on major revolutions in design such as the Cambrian explosion, the Mesozoic radiation of dinosaurs, and the Cenozoic radiation of mammals. Exploration of three views of form: the Darwinian view which stresses function; the historicist view which empha- sizes historical accident; and the structuralist view that form is mainly the result of fixed mathematical relationships. The different ways in which each view applies the comparative method. Prerequisite: Biology 20 or 202L. One course.

Course Number: 
BIOLOGY248
Course Level: 
200-299
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