Biology of the Vertebrates

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EEB 2214, Fall 2010
The evolution of form, function,
& diversity of the vertebrates

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 in BPB130
Textbook: Pough F. H., C. M. Janis, and J. B. Heiser. 2009. Vertebrate Life, 8th Edition. Prentice Hall.


Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 305B
Phone: (860) 486-4452
Office hours: Tuesdays, 2-3 pm, and by appointment

Dr. Margaret Rubega
Note: All emails must contain "EEB2214" in the subject line to avoid being filtered out and deleted
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 500
Phone: (860) 486-4502
Office hours: Thursdays 11:30 am -12:30 pm and by appointment

Elizabeth Timpe (Teaching Assistant)
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 322
Phone: (860) 486-6215
Office hours: Thursdays, 2-3:45 pm and by appointment


Exam 1 = 100 points (25%)
Exam 2 = 100 points (25%)
Exam 3 = 100 points (25%)
Collections Tour = 10 points (2.5%)
Video Project = 90 points (22.5%)

There will be two one-hour, non-cumulative, exams scheduled during the lecture hour. During the final exam period, a third one-hour exam will be given covering material from the final third of the course. Details about the collections tour and video project will be provided later in the semester.

Collections Tours

Every student is expected to visit the EEB Biological Collections for a tour that will introduce you to the resources and opportunities in the collection. We will offer 10 different opportunities, on different days and times. You will need to sign in at the collection; at the end of the semester, everyone who has signed in, will have 10 points added to their grade. Tours will take about 45 minutes, they meet at the south end of the Biology/Physics building lobby on the hour. You are responsible for finding a day and time to attend from the options below; if your class schedule prohibits you from attending any of these, you are responsible for letting us know that you will need an alternate opportunity BEFORE THE LAST WEEK OF CLASS. If you have already toured the collections (e.g., in a previous class with me or another instructor), provide me with documentation to that effect, and we will just add the 10 points to your grade without you needing to tour the collections again.

Available tour days/times:
Thurs, Nov. 11, 2 pm
Fri., Nov. 12, 2 pm
Thurs Nov. 18, 11 am & 3 pm
Tues, Nov. 30, 2 pm
Weds, Dec. 1, 5 pm
Thurs, Dec. 2, 9 am
Mon., Dec. 6, 11 am
Tues., Dec. 7, 10 am
Weds. Dec. 8, 12 pm

Course Policies

Missed Exams:
Any student who does not attend an exam and fails to receive permission in advance will receive a 0 for the exam. Approval of any request to miss an exam requires, but is not guaranteed by, verifiable written documentation of the reason. A student who receives approval to miss an exam will have his or her grade for the missed exam prorated based on his or her performance on the remainder of the exams. We will not give make-up exams. Every student must take the final (exam 3). Permission to reschedule the final can only be obtained through procedures determined by the Office of Student Services and Advocacy.

Academic Integrity:
Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the student conduct code, and may be punished by failure in the course or, in severe cases, dismissal from the University. For more information, see Section IV of the Student Conduct Code.

If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201) within the first two weeks of the semester.

Help Resources

The secret of success to this course is to not let yourself fall behind. Be sure to fill gaps in your notes and navigate blocks in your understanding as soon as possible. Should you run into trouble with the material, below we have listed some steps for obtaining assistance. While we welcome any and all questions on the material, before you contact us, please first check the resources below to see if your question has already been answered. If/when you do contact us, please understand that we will respond as quickly as we can, but we do have other obligations that might prevent this from happening as urgently as you may need (like 3:00 am the day of an exam...).


Can I convert this course to honors?

Study Materials:

Study Questions
Pdficon small.gif Exam1 Study Guide
Pdficon small.gifPhylogeny Tutorial
Pdficon small.gifTree Quiz
Pdficon small.gifVertebrate Phylogeny
Pdficon small.gifAmniota Phylogeny Worksheet

Video Assignment:

Video Project

Review Sessions:
Phylogenetic Trees Workshop: Thursday, September 23, 6:00PM Room BPB130
Exam 1 Review: Monday, September 27, 6:00PM, Room BPB 131 NOTE: BPB 131 is right next door to our usual classroom
Exam 1 Review: Tuesday, September 28, 6:00PM, Room BPB 130
Exam 2 Review: Monday, November 1, 6:00PM, Room BPB 131 NOTE: BPB 131 is right next door to our usual classroom
Exam 3 Review: Monday, December 13th, 7:00PM, Room BPB 131 NOTE BPB 131 is right next door to our usual classroom

Links to External Resources:

DigiMorph - Excellent source of 2 & 3D images of internal & external structures of various organisms
ARKive - a unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images and fact-files, with a special focus on the world's threatened species

Vertebrates in the News

Pea-sized frog found in Borneo 30 August 2010

Pea-sized Frog.jpg

Declines in Northern Spotted Owl Populations 7 September 2010
The Language of Bats 20 September 2010
Fossil Snake 20 September 2010
Florida Panthers' Genetic Rescue 23 September 2010
Toiling to Save a Threatened Frog 4 October 2010
Pterosaur Reptile Used "Pole Vault" Trick for Take-off 16 November 2010
New Frog Species Found in Hunt for Old Ones 16 November 2010

Lecture Schedule & Materials

Date Topic Readings Supplemental materials
Part I: Aug 31 - Oct 14, Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Aug 31 Vertebrate Diversity --------- Study Questions
Marine Iguana Running
Komodo Dragon Walking
Salamander feeding videos
Sept 2 Chordate and Vertebrate Origins Ch. 1, 2 Study Questions
Sept 7 Living Jawless Vertebrates Ch. 3

Study Questions
Urochordate heart beat
Hagfish Slime
Hagfish on sea floor
Hagfish feeding

Sept 9
Sept 10
Early Vertebrate Fossils
Groups Assigned for Video Project Pdficon small.gif
Ch. 3 Study Questions
Lamprey Spawning
Sept 14 Early Vertebrate Fossils & Chondrichthyans Ch. 5 Study Questions
Pdficon small.gif Sample Questions
Male Sand Tiger Shark Swimming
Whitetip Reef Sharks Mating
Leopard Shark Courtship
Lemon Shark Birthing
Sept 16 Chondrichthyans & Osteichthyan Origins Ch. 5, 6 Study Questions
Shark Feeding on Albatross
Whale Shark Feeding
Eagle Ray Feeding/Locomoting
Manta Ray Feeding
Sept 21 Actinopterygians Ch. 6 Study Questions
Paddlefish Feeding
Fish Suction Feeding
Moray Eel Feeding (with Pharyngeal Jaw)
Sept 23
Sept 23
Sept 24
Sarcopterygii and Evolution of Tetrapods
Tree Workshop BPB 130 6:00PM
Video Topic Submission Due
Ch. 9 (pp. 196-211) Study Questions
Lungfish vs. Bird
Sept 27
Sept 28
Sept 28
Review Session BPB 131 6:00PM
Tetrapod Origins and Amphibian Diversity
Review Session BPB 130 6:00 PM
Ch. 10 Study Questions
Caecilian Feeding
Salamander Pheromone Delivery
Salamander Sperm Transfer
Giant Salamander
Sept 30 EXAM 1 includes material through the origin of tetrapod (but not amphibian diversity) ---------
Oct 5 Frogs Ch. 10 Study Question
Slow Motion Jumping Frog
Frog Feeding on Frog
Toad Feeding
Gray Treefrog Calling
Screaming Frog
Toad Amplexus
Red-eyed Treefrog Eggs Hatching
Suriname Toad Reproduction
Corroboree Frog Reproduction
Oct 7
Oct 8
Amphibian Declines
Video Project Synopsis Due
Ch. 10 Study Questions
Frog vs. Snake
Lake Titicaca Frog
Golden Toad Mating
Oct 12 Amniote Origins / Lepidosaurs Ch. 9 (pp. 211-218), Ch. 13 Study Questions
Tail Autonomy
Oct 14 Evolution of Snakes Ch. 13 (pp. 339-349) Study Question
Namib Chameleon
Blood Squirting in Horned Lizards
Snake Eating Crab
Part II: Oct 19 - Dec 16, Dr. Margaret Rubega
Oct 19 Turtles Ch. 12 UPDATED Available Video Meeting Times
Ophir et al. 2009 Why you shouldn't text in class
Study Questions
Turtles Digging a Nest
Turtle Laying Eggs
Turtle Hatchlings Emerging
Turtle Hatchlings Heading to the Water
Oct 21 Introduction to Archosaurs & Crocodilians Ch. 16 Pdficon small.gifAmniota Phylogeny Worksheet
Study Questions
Alligator Walking
Croc Galloping
Alligator Courtship
Female Crocodile Digging Out Hatchlings
Oct 26 Archosaurs: Pterosaurs Ch. 16 Pdficon small.gifAmniota Synapomorphy Worksheet
Study Questions
Pterosaur Locomotion
Oct 28 Dinosaurs and Other Mesosoic Diapsids Ch. 16 Study Questions
Nov 1
Nov 2
Review Session BPB 131 6:00PM
EXAM 2 includes material beginning with Lissamphibia and ending on Saurichia (includes all of Thursday's lecture material)
Nov 4 Dinosaurs II - Theropods Ch. 16 Study Questions
Nov 9 Birds: Avian Origins Ch. 16 (pp. 439-443) Study Questions
Wing-assisted Incline Running
Nov 11 Birds: Feeding, Morphology, and Reproduction Ch. 17 Study Questions
Nov 16 Birds: Reproduction, and Introduction to Mammals Ch. 17 Study Questions
Nov 18 Mammals: Origins and Radiation
Video Project Due
Ch. 18 Study Questions
Nov 30 Mammals: Primate Evolution and Human Diversity Ch. 24 Study Questions
Dec 2 Mammals: Primate Evolution continued and Mammal Diversity
Ch. 20 Study Questions
Dec. 7 Vertebrate Mass Extinctions, Past and Present
Evaluations of 5 Group Videos Due by 5 pm
Ch. 21 Study Questions
Dec 9 Vertebrate Mass Extinctions, Past and Present Ch. 25 Study Questions
Thylacine Wolf
Dec 13
Dec 16
Review Session BPB 131 7:00PM
EXAM 3 (FINAL) 10:30 am-12:30 pm