Ch 51: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Help and Review

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The Vertebrates chapter of this MCAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the development of vertebrates. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of vertebrate development for the MCAT.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a vertebrate development unit of a standard science course. Topics covered include:

  • The evolutionary history of animals
  • Origins and characteristics of vertebrates
  • Class Myxini and class Petromyzontida
  • The development of jaws in sharks and fish
  • The development of limbs in tetrapods
  • Evolutionary characteristics of amniotes
  • Primate characteristics
  • Evolutionary characteristics of humans

8 Lessons in Chapter 51: Development of Vertebrates for the MCAT: Help and Review
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The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

1. The Evolution of Animals: Importance & Evolutionary History

Animals, including humans, consists of multi-cellular organisms that have undergone an evolution from early life forms. Learn about the characteristics of organisms, their body structures, and the importance of understanding the evolutionary history and characteristics of animals.

Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

2. Vertebrates: Origin, Characteristics & Diversity

Vertebrates refer to all species of animals that have backbones. Explore the origin and evolution of vertebrates, learn about the non-vertebrate chordates and jawed vertebrates, and find out how the vertebrates tetrapods and amniotes first transitioned to land.

Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

3. Jawless Craniates: Class Myxini & Class Petromyzontida

Jawless craniates are chordates that have heads but no jaws. Learn about the jawless crainates, the class myxini which include the hagfishes, and the class petromyzontida which include the Lampreys.

Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

4. Fishes and Sharks: Origins of Jaws in Vertebrates

The structure of the hinged jaw evolved in animals like fish and sharks. Learn about the origins of the hinged jaw, discover the creatures of the chondrichthye class, and then explore ray-finned and lobe-finned fishes.

Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

5. Tetrapods: Development of Limbs in Vertebrates

Tetrapods are four-limbed vertebrates hypothesized in the scientific community to have evolved from lobe-finned fish. Learn about amniotic eggs, tetrapods, and the development of limbs in vertebrates like tetrapods.

Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

6. Amniotes: Definition and Evolutionary Characteristics

Amniotes were the first type of tetrapod to lay their eggs on land instead of in the water. Learn about the definition and evolutionary history of amniotes, the characteristics of amniotic eggs, and examples of amniotes like birds and reptiles.

Primates and Human Origin

7. Primates and Human Origin

The origin of humans can be traced to primates due to similarities in anatomy. Learn about the characteristics of primates, the different types, and the characteristics of anthropoids.

The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

8. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History

Have a look at the evolutionary history of humans and what makes them different from primates. The topics covered are the characteristics and evolution of primates and the characteristics and evolution of humans.

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