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Evolutionary Biology

Code: 40886
ECTS: 7.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Damjan Franjević
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Josip Skejo - Seminar

doc. dr. sc. Josip Skejo - Practicum

doc. dr. sc. Josip Skejo - Lectures
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English level:


All teaching activities in the course will be held on English. This level includes courses with multiple groups (i.e., all teaching will be held strictly in Croatian for Croatian groups, and strictly in English for English groups).

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. To introduce students to the basic principles and mechanisms of evolutionary biology.
2. Overview of all areas in modern evolutionary science.
3. Applying basic concepts of the evolutionary biology with the acquisition of scientific experience and critical thinking
4. Showing the example of teaching focused on the interpretation of scientific evolutionary concepts
5. Practical application of computer programs in phylogenetics and evolution
6. Introduction to experimental work in evolutionary biology
7. Usage of scientific aids, biological material and accessories in scientific work
8. Ability to recognize problems in evolutionary biology
9. Implementing evolutionary mechanism in future experimental and theoretical scientific work

1. Evolution as a scientific theory and its historical development.
2. Origin of life - chemical evolution and biological evolution.
3. Evolution of eukaryotic cells.
4. Endosymbiosis and evolution of organelles.
5. Material evidence of evolution (paleontology, comparative anatomy, molecular biology, genetic, physiological, biogeographical).
6. Mass extinctions and the pace of evolutionary processes.
7. Evolution of metazoans.
8. Levels of evolutionary processes (microevolution and macroevolution).
9. Speciation.
10. Isolating mechanisms.
11. Evolutionary forces (variation, mutation, recombination, migration, selection, genetic drift).
12. Molecular evolution.
13. Molecular phylogenetics.
14. Population genetics and evolution.
15. The evolution of hominids

1. Development of coacervate droplets and proteinaceous microspheres
2. Fossils - micro and macrofossils, processes of fossilization - collection
3. Comparative Anatomy - thin sections
4. Symbiosis - multimedia content
5. - 10. Population genetics examples and tasks
10. - 15. Bioinformatics basis of research in evolutionary biology and phylogenetics - databases,
computer programs, an ancestral nodes, phylogenetic trees, statistical credibility of phylogenetic analysis

1. An Evolutionary Perspective on Food and Human Taste
2. An information hypothesis for the evolution of homeostasis
3. Convergent Evolution Between Insect and Mammalian Audition
4. Epigenetics, brain evolution and behaviour
5. Evidence for the role of endosymbionts in hydrothermal vent symbioses
6. Evidence that the adaptive allele of the brain size gene introgressed into Homo sapiens from an archaic Homo lineage
7. Evolution and stability of ring species
8. Horizontal gene transfer and the evolution of bacterial and archaeal population structure
9. Pelvic girdle and fin of Tiktaalik roseae
10. Phylostratigraphic tracking of cancer genes suggests a link to the emergence of multicellularity in metazoa
11. Selfish genetic elements, genetic conflict, and evolutionary innovation
12. Sex-specific demographic behaviours that shape human genomic variation
13. Topology of viral evolution
14. Reversing opinions on Dollo's Law
16. Signs of sex - what we know and how we know it
  1. Futuyma DJ : Evolution - 2nd Edition. Sinauer Associates Inc. (2009)
    Stearns SC & Hoekstra RF: Evolution an Introduction - 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press (2005)
    Page RDM & Holmes EC: Molecular Evolution - A Phylogenetic Approach. Blackwell Science (1998)
  2. Alberts et al. : Molecular Biology of The Cell - 6th Edition. Garland Science (2014)
    Masatoshi N & Sudhir K: Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics. Oxford University Press (2000)
    Zubay G: Origins of Life on the Earth and in Cosmos. Wm.C.Brown Publishers (1996)
Prerequisit for:
Enrollment :
Passed : Biochemistry 1
Passed : Genetics
Attended : Biochemistry 2

Examination :
Passed : Biochemistry 2
6. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Molecular Biology
Consultations schedule: