Evolution of Vertebrates


The module will examine the evolution and palaeobiology of vertebrate groups with emphasis on the evolutionary origins of distinct types of skeletal architecture.

The practicals will involve the examination and comparison of fossil and recent vertebrates and employ cladistic methods to analyse relationships.


  • 18 hours lectures
  • 27 hours practical classes


  • 2 hour written exam (60%)
  • Coursework: multi-authored review article and presentations (40%)