Bi8150 Evolutionary biology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
3/0/0. 3 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. RNDr. Miloš Macholán, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Miloš Macholán, CSc.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Miloš Macholán, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Fri 8:00–10:50 B11/132
genetics; molecular biology
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
At the end of this course students will have gained ability to: understand and explain principles of microevolutionary processes and mechanisms, evolution on the molecular level, adaptations, behavioral and ecological aspects of evolution, origin of life on Earth, origin and evolution of sexual reproduction, origin of species (speciation), macroevolutionary trends, classification of organisms and phylogeny inference, human evolution and cultural evolution; they should be able to interpret zoological and/or botanical phenomena from the view of the evolutionary theory and suggest falsifiable hypotheses for solving a wide range of biological questions.
Learning outcomes
The graduent of the course will be able to grasp general questions of evolutionary biology and basic principles of micro- and macroevolution and to apply them to specific conditions of his/her study or professional subject.
  • 1. Evolution and evolutionary biology
  • 2. History of life on Earth
  • 3. Genetic and phenotypic variation
  • 4. Origin of genetic variation
  • 5. Natural selection
  • 6. Random genetic drift
  • 7. Molecular evolution
  • 8. Adaptation and natural selection
  • 9. Conflict and cooperation I
  • 10. Conflict and cooperation II
  • 11. Origin of life
  • 12. Evolution of genetic systems
  • 13. Speciation
  • 14. Macroevolution
  • 15. Human evolution and cultural evolution
    recommended literature
  • FLEGR, Jaroslav. Evoluční biologie. 2., oprav. a rozšíř. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2009. 569 s. ISBN 9788020017673. info
    not specified
  • SVOBODA, Jiří and Miloš MACHOLÁN. Předkové. Evoluce člověka (Ancestors. Human Evolution). 2nd ed. Praha: Academia, 2017. 480 pp. ISBN 978-80-200-2750-4. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
oral exam
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, autumn 2021.
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