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Recorded MS
Vertebrate Biology

A tour of the vertebrate world, from tunicates to primates, and their anatomical features.

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. Interested high school students are also welcomed to join us.

Suggested credit: 1 full semester Life Science


A tour of the vertebrate world, from tunicates to primates, and their anatomical features.


Class 1: Introduction to the chordates; sea squirts to lampreys

Class 2: The fossil record

Class 3: Sharks and their features!

Class 4: Varieties of cartilaginous fish!

Class 5: Bony fish

Class 6: Amphibians

Class 7: Dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles

Class 8: Reptiles

Class 9: Birds in brief

Class 10: Mammals part 1

Class 11: Mammals part 2

Class 12: Mammals part 3

Class 13: Student presentations

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Field Guides / local pamphlets. For example:

Peterson’s First Guide to Fish, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395911796/catholictreas-20

Peterson’s First Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395971950/catholictreas-20

Peterson’s First Guide to Birds, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395906660/catholictreas-20

Peterson’s First Guide to Mammals, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395911818/catholictreas-20

NB: The above are not required. Any field guides will do in a pinch, including local guides and pamphlets

Homework: Students will use field guides to seek out and identify local species. Weekly automated quizzes for immediate feedback. Expect to spend one to two hours outside of class on homework. A brief project will be presented by each student on the last day

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