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Fundamentals of Evolution

Code: 183957
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Lectures
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Seminar

Martina Ivšić, mag. oecol. - Practicum
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Description:
Course objectives:
Introduction to the basic principes and mechanisms of evolutionary biology on different levels. Review of the main areas of modern evolutionary science. Introduction to experimental work in the evolutionary biology.

Course content:
LECTURES
1. Evolution as a scientific discipline and its historical development
2.-3. Material evidences of evolution
4. Mass extinctions and the rate of evolutionary processes
5. Origin of life (chemical and biological evolution)
6.-7. Evolution of the eukaryotic cell; Endosymbiosis
8. Metazoa
9. Levels of evolutionary processes (microevolution, macroevolution, megaevolution)
10. Speciation
11. Isolation mechanisms
12. Molecular evolution and phylogenetics
13. Factors of evolution (variability, mutation, migration, selection, genetic drift)
14. Population genetics and evolution
15. Human evolution

PRACTICAL WORK
1.-3. Cosmic evolution
4.-5. Origin of life
6.-8. Material evidences of evolution
9.-12. Symbioses
13.-15. Population genetics

SEMINARS
1. Evolution of the universe
2. The origin of life
3. Definitions of living systems
4. Universal ancestors of living beings
5. Evolution of eukaryotic cell (endosymbiosis)
6. Metazoans and the Cambrian explosion
7. Phylogenetic trees
8. The rate of evolutionary processes
9. Fossils
10. Megaevolution, macroevolution, microevolution
11. Neanderthals extinctions
12. Selection
13. Mimicry and convergence
14. Human evolution
15. Theories of migrations from Africa and the colonization of continents
Literature:
  1. Goran Kovačević: Praktikumski priručnik Simbioza hidre i alge. za internu uporabu
  2. Stearns, S. C., Hoekstra, R. F: Evolution an Introduction. 2nd Edition Oxford University Press
  3. Facchini, F: Postanak čovjeka i kulturna evolucija, Kršćanska sadašnjost, Zagreb
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : Genetics
4. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Biology and Chemistry Education
Consultations schedule:
  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.

    Location:
  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.

    Location:

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