Evolution is the unifying theme of biology. How does evolution work? What are the mechanisms of evolutionary change? How can we test these mechanisms? This course considers in detail mechanisms for change at the population level and the patterns of speciation, as seen in the fossil record, comparative molecular biology, physiology and anatomy. How we account for these changes by mutation, selection, drift, and biogeographical patterns are considered and studied. This course is intended for senior biology majors; since all biology is understood through the lens of evolutionary mechanisms, this is an ideal course for all majors, irrespective of future plans.
August 21, 2009
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