Evolutionary biology. Topics include the history of life, fossil record, causes of microevolution (including natural selection and mutation), macroevolutionary processes (including speciation and extinction), evolutionary genetics and developmental biology (‘evo-devo’), phylogeny construction and taxonomy.
- Appraise fundamental concepts in phylogeny and cladogram construction.
- Explain temporal patterns of biodiversity, including the history of life on Earth and the fossil record.
- Describe agents of microevolution, including natural selection, mutation, genetic drift and gene flow.
- Explain the phylogenetic and biological species concepts.
- Explain macroevolutionary processes, including speciation and extinction.
- Explain the developmental and genetic influences on morphological evolution.
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