Bi3130 Comparative morphology of vertebrates

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Bartonička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Adam Konečný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ivana Kupčíková, DiS. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Adam Konečný, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Adam Konečný, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Tue 10:00–11:50 D32/329
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Bi2080 Histology and organology && Bi2080c Histology and organology - pr.
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
Course objectives
The course should provide a review of all basic organ systems of vertebrates, with emphasis on functional principles, development, and evolutionary background. Besides the principal general schemes, descriptions of characteristic modifications in principle taxa across the vertebrate phylogeny are provided.
Learning outcomes
After having been attending the course, the student will be able to understand the specific morphological structures in terms of their ontogenetic and phylogenetic development, compare their homological aspects, analyze trends of their modifications during evolution and characterize typical modifications of organ systems in principle chordate groups.
  • 1. Embryonic origin of organs and organ systems (organogenesis), origin of body cavities
  • 2. Integument
  • 3. Supporting system
  • 4. Muscular system
  • 5. Digestive system
  • 6. Respiratory system
  • 7. Circulatory system
  • 8. Excretory organs and reproductive system
  • 9. Sense organs
  • 10. Nervous system
  • 11. Endocrine organs
    recommended literature
  • SCHMIDT-RHAESA A. The evolution of organ systemsOxford University Press, 2007, 385 s. ISBN 978-0-19-856668-7
  • KENT, G.C., CARR R.K. Comparative anatomyof the Vertebrates. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001,524. ISBN 0-07-303869-5
  • Liem K.F., Bemis W.E., Walker W.F., Jr., Grande L. Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates. An evolutionary perspectives. 3rd ed.Harcourt, 2001,703. ISBN 0-03-022369-5
  • KARDONG, Kenneth V. Vertebrates : comparative anatomy, function, evolution. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. xviii, 782. ISBN 0071244573. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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